The Lambert boys lacrosse team remained perfect on the season Friday with an 11-6 victory against Centennial in a crucial Area 3-AAAAAA matchup.
The Longhorns (10-0, 5-0) had five different players score, led by Grant Plaugher who had five goals.
Jonny DiVirgilio and Eric Overbay each had two goals, while Matt O’Rourk and Bradley Wehman had one goal apiece.
“ Honestly, our teamed fought back, momentum switched a lot, they had some goals, we had some goals but our team persevered, played hard and came through” Plaugher said. “This season is special to us. We are playing with a motive to go back to the [state] championship and win after losing in the first round last season.”
“We have a goal to win this season, and there is no stopping us.”
The Knights figured to be among the handful of teams capable of stopping a Lambert team ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA by Laxpower.com. Centennial (7-2, 4-2) came in ranked right behind the Longhorns at No. 3 with the state’s top offensive attack averaging 17.6 goals a game.
And Lambert has a history of painful losses against the Knights. There was the 15-12 loss to the Knights in the 2013 Class AAAAAA state championship. There was the 13-10 loss last year that prevented Lambert from getting home field advantage in the state playoffs. Entering the game, the Longhorns were just 1-3 all-time against Centennial.
But Lambert matched the Knights this time with its top-ranked defense that entered allowing just 3.6 goals a game.
The Longhorns led 2-1 after the first quarter, 4-2 at halftime and 8-6 after the third quarter.
“We knew it was going to be a tight game, and we knew it was going to be a four-quarter game,” Lambert director of lacrosse Rich Wehman said. “We told our guys that we were gonna lose momentum and then were going to gain it back.
“This is a really big win because it gives our team home field advantage for the playoffs that we hadn't had in two years, so it was a big, big, big win.”