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Lacrosse: Forsyth Central offense on display in 15-0 rout of Cherokee
David Maraffi
Forsyth Central senior David Maraffi, left, leans into a Cherokee defender Friday during the Bulldogs' 15-0 win. - photo by David Roberts

By Steven Watkins 

For the Forsyth County News

The Forsyth Central boys lacrosse team spent their freezing cold Friday night notching their second win of the season in the form of a 15-0 shutout over visiting Cherokee.

The Bulldogs dominated possession throughout the game, beginning with returning senior Nick Hyden winning 10 of 15 total faceoffs. The Bulldogs then proceeded to use their possession advantage by out-shooting their opponents 40-9.

“It helps a lot having the faceoff guy we have in Nick Hyden,” Central head coach Joshua Hixon said. “He’s winning a lot of faceoffs for us right now and we’re able to push the ball and score a lot of goals in transition.”

The Bulldogs were equally as impressive with transitions as they were winning faceoffs.

Central swarmed and attacked each and every attempt by Cherokee to clear the ball throughout the evening, creating far more turnovers and Central goals than successful Cherokee clears.

“I just feel like we came out and played hard from the get-go tonight,” Hixon said. “We’ve really been preaching playing for four quarters. We’ve corrected a lot of the mistakes that we had earlier in the year and I feel like we’re just kind of rolling right now.”

Drew Dominick
Forsyth Central senior Drew Dominick scores a goal Friday during the Bulldogs' 15-0 win against Cherokee. - photo by David Roberts
Central (2-2), which put on an offensive display Wednesday in a 20-8 win against Collins Hill, was clicking on offense.

The Bulldogs bullied their way around the crease while essentially taking any outside shot that presented itself — finding the net more often than not.

Six different Central players scored on the night, with senior attacker Drew Dominick lead with seven goals on 10 shots, while junior Devin Hill followed closely with three goals of his own.

While early in the year, the shutout marks a much-needed, second consecutive win for the Bulldogs, evening their record and resetting the table for a season filled with potential.

“It does a lot for us confidence-wise,” Hixon said. “When I first got here four years ago, we were really starting to build the program, and we’re really starting to see that come to fruition this year. We’ve got a really good group of seniors and juniors that play some good roles for us.”

Central will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday at King’s Ridge Christian School.