Lambert had no trouble with the uninviting cold rain and wind that dampened playing conditions Thursday night as it ran away from West Forsyth, 19-6, to remain undefeated.
The Longhorns, playing in front of a modest crowd, (7-0) seemingly had their way with anything and everything, en-route to a 14-2 halftime lead, but head coach Josh Sagel had no trouble thinking up a message after the contest. Even though the Longhorns had their highest scoring output of the season, they also allowed the most goals.
“You know, we talked to our guys today, and we have been playing so well, but the one thing we keep warning them of now is to not fall into the trap of thinking that they're better than everyone else,” Sagel said. “It's a long season, we're only one third of the way through it. Good teams get better, and winning championships is really hard.”
Thanks to the synthetic playing surface, jerseys stayed clean throughout the contest, but Sagel did have one concern regarding the wintry weather that made a mid-March appearance.
“You have to play in it. The real reason I don't like playing in it is the possibility of injuries and things of that nature, but we were ready for it. We've practiced in this before, so it wasn't much of a factor.”
Lambert's scoring was distributed evenly: Hayden Barnes led the way with four goals, while Jake Stanford, Alex Walker, Trey Arnold, Hunter Shephard and Jake Alesia each scored two goals.
The Longhorns also used the combination of Arnold and Darron You to dominate faceoffs, taking a 16-1 edge at midfield.
Six of the Longhorns' goals were assisted by the likes of Justin Blastick, Shephard, Conrad McEvoy, Barnes, Michael LaHood and Walker.
Sagel was pleased with how distributed the production was throughout the night.
“We keep telling our guys we like what we have going here,” Sagel said. “We're well balanced, but we've got to keep working to get better.”
Despite the loss, West goalie Carson Smith, just a freshman, had a hand full of impressive saves while being inundated with shots on goal.
Justin Kabo led the Wolverines (1-5) in scoring with two goals.
“We're disappointed. It's a game where we hoped to compete a little bit better, but we're looking to learn from our games all of the time and in the second half we did a lot better,” head coach John Laden said. “Hopefully we get better each and every week. We've had a lot of injuries this year, but we're going to improve.”