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Lacrosse: Lambert boys smash Cambridge behind huge first half
Lambert's Benny O'Rourk takes a shot on goal during the Longhorns' game against Cambridge on March 15, 2019 at Lambert High School. - photo by Ian Frazer

By Josh Holland

For the Forsyth County News

The Lambert boys lacrosse team had its matchup against Cambridge well in hand by the time that J.D. Martson extended the Longhorns’ lead to 11-2 with 16 seconds left in the first half. However, the Longhorns’ onslaught wasn’t over. They quickly won the faceoff, and after three swift passes, Drew Kotanian finished the move with just one second remaining to make the lead 12-2. Lambert went on to beat Cambridge 15-3 at home on Friday night, extending its unbeaten start to the season to 9-0.

The defending state champions opened the game firing, with a 4-0 run in the first 10 minutes, which set the tone for the rest of the first half. Cambridge was able to get forward on offense occasionally, but only capitalized a couple of times.

“We made a big thing about starting fast tonight,” Lambert director of lacrosse Rich Wehman said after the game. “I think we actually set the tone in the first half, and it just carried on through.”

The game couldn’t have started any better for Wehman’s side after they got in front with the first four goals and never looked back. Conner Coyne added to this initial run with a monster second quarter, scoring three goals in nine minutes.

In the second half, Lambert’s scoring was nowhere near as prolific, but they still dominated nearly every aspect of the game. They only scored three goals, but the near-impenetrable defense helped them maintain the huge lead.

“We tell our guys each and every game the biggest opponent is ourselves,” Wehman said. “We need to forget about who we’re playing and play every game to get better so we are ready for the state playoffs.”

This mentality will be crucial in the upcoming games in order for the Longhorns to make a strong run in the playoffs, considering they have easily squashed nearly every team they have faced this year.

“Tonight we did that,” Wehman said. “Tonight we took care of business.”

“We were a little bit flat on Wednesday night, and so we had a lot discussions with the team about coming out focused. I think that showed up tonight.”

The Longhorns will face tougher opponents next week as they take on Roswell and Blessed Trinity while they hope to continue their undefeated season.