By Matt Green
For the Forsyth County News
The Lambert boys lacrosse team’s quest for another state championship began with an 18-0 victory over North Forsyth on Thursday night.
“We told them before we came out here that tonight’s just the start,” Lambert head coach Josh Sagel said. “They know they have to get a lot better as the year goes on. But I liked the way we played, I liked the way we executed, and I thought our stick work was really, really good tonight. Everything that they were throwing was right in the box, which was awesome.”
The Longhorns (1-0, 1-0 Area 5-6/7A) put on a clinic in the first quarter. Phillip White scored the game’s opening goal, and by the end Lambert had a 10-0 lead over the Raiders (1-2, 1-1).
The trio of Peyton Miller, Kyle Lewis, and Gerard Kane combined for seven goals and six assists in the first quarter alone, including six goals in the final three and a half minutes of the quarter. Kane later added a goal as the time expired in the second quarter to give both he and Miller hat tricks.
“[Miller and Kane] are both really good players,” Sagel said. “They’re gonna score a lot this year. We have a really good attack, and we got good middies getting them the ball, so they’re both gonna score a lot this year.”
In total, 11 different players scored a goal for Lambert, while seven different players assisted.
“I thought we looked really good,” Miller said. “Coming out of the season playing pretty well. We probably could’ve played a little better.”
After two consecutive trips to the state championship, including winning it back in 2016, the Longhorns are hungry to get back there again this season, and they know what it’s going to take.
“I just think it’s going to take the little things,” Kane said. “The stuff we do at practice that no one else sees. Hustling, picking up ground balls, and just getting after it.”