Through three rounds of the state playoffs, Lambert’s top-ranked boys lacrosse team was firmly in control, rolling over opponents while making it look easy.
The final step wasn’t going to be that simple.
After trailing by as many as four goals, No. 2 Pope fought back to within a single score in the fourth quarter during Friday night’s Class A-AAAA championship game at the Horn.
The Longhorns responded to the challenge with a flurry of late goals, eliminating any suspense and clinching Lambert’s first state title in any team sport with a 14-7 victory.
“[Pope] had a great team, they really did,” Lambert coach Rich Wehman said. "They had a very good team, and they wouldn’t go away.
"They made it really hard for us, and our kids just kept battling and found a way in the fourth quarter to get it done.”
The Longhorns attack was paced by Adam Seal (five goals and one assist).
Connor Butz and Brady Wilson (two goals apiece) and Zack Price (two goals and one assist) also had multiple goals for Lambert, while Cory Phillips and Ted Ryan each scored once.
Timmy Geran tallied one goal and three assists.
The game was played in front of a full house, with a crowd estimated between 3,500 and 4,000 packing the home side bleachers.
Once the final seconds expired, Lambert’s players threw away their sticks and crowded together, while hundreds of students rushed the field to celebrate.
While Lambert’s players have built toward this title since middle school, it was also a long time coming for Forsyth County.
Local schools have won championships in cheerleading, literary and one act play in the last decade, but Friday marked the first time a Forsyth County team brought home a GHSA title in a traditional sport since North Forsyth’s baseball and softball teams turned the trick in 1998.
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