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Lacrosse: Lambert boys shrug off slow start against South Forsyth for senior night win
Lambert’s Kyle Lewis shoots during the Longhorns’ game against South Forsyth on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. - photo by Ben Hendren

By Steven Watkins

For the Forsyth County News

Prior to their Wednesday night home matchup with South Forsyth, the Lambert boys lacrosse team conducted their Senior Night festivities, ran through their warm-ups, and barked through their usual pregame chant with every bit of the pomp, confidence and volume of an undefeated program only two seasons removed from their last state championship.

After trailing through the majority of a slow first quarter dominated by the visiting War Eagles, Lambert’s first lead came on a thrilling, behind-the-back shot by senior Kyle Lewis, scoring the first of his four goals and giving the Longhorns a 3-2 advantage they didn’t surrender in a 16-4 victory.

“I got behind my man and just decided to put it behind my back,” a grinning Lewis said on his go-ahead goal. “There’ve been a lot of games this season where we just started out slow and needed to find our rhythm.” 

Lewis’ first score was the third of 16-unanswered goals for the Longhorns, who after finished the first half with a 13-3 lead in addition a running clock that would remain for entirety of the second half.  

“We’ve had a couple of games this year where that’s happened to us,” Lambert director of lacrosse Rich Wehman said on the slow start. “I think our guys are used to that a little bit right now, so they don’t really panic. Once we kind of got on a roll, we did our thing.”

The Longhorns used a talented and substantially-deep roster to dominate the War Eagles in every offensive category — finishing with 16 goals from seven different players on 42 shots, over South’s four goals on 18 shots. 

Gerard Kane tied Lewis with a game-leading four goals for the Longhorns, while Peyton Miller finished with three.

Lambert also benefitted from a substantial faceoff advantage, with senior Phillip White winning 15 out of 21. 

“I just had good chemistry with the wings, and I’ve been doing it a long time,” White said. “I think it’s just repetition, and that’s how you win.”

Following their 15-1 route over Cambridge on Saturday, Lambert has now beaten seven opponents on the season with double-digit wins. Their perfect 15-0 start is the best since 2016, a season that resulted in the young program’s third state championship in its 10 years.

“I tell people this all the time, I think it’s a function of how we do things,” Wehman said. “Our kids play together in the youth leagues, they come up and we just have a lot of guys that can play. When you get a team like we have this year where they’re all playing well together, we’re kind of just hard to defend.”