Zach Laird and Mitchell Metrick were too much for Forsyth Central.
The North Forsyth duo combined for eight goals — four apiece — as the Raiders lacrosse team earned a 14-1 victory over the Bulldogs and remained unbeaten on Friday at Central.
"[I] practiced a lot during the summer," Laird said. "I’d just go outside with nothing else to do since I didn’t work and just shoot on goal. … [But tonight] was harder than it looked."
Laird played a part in the first four goals for North. Adam Wagner assisted Laird for the game’s first point before Laird connected with Metrick a little over a minute later. Laird continued carving up the defense with a goal and an assist to Metrick in a two-minute sequence.
Wagner and Patrick Scales tacked on two more goals for the Raiders (4-0) to end the first quarter ahead 6-0.
Metrick scored two goals in the second period, while Laird and J.T. Powers added one apiece.
Powers’ goal came with 34 seconds left before the half after he drove straight through the defenders and muscled the ball past the keeper to give North a 10-0 lead and a running clock throughout the second half.
"I think we have a lot of confidence right now," North head coach Mike Yeager said. "… We have a good group of seniors with Zach Laird and Tanner Short in goal and Mitchell Metrick in midfield. I mean, those guys are leading the way. We have two awesome defender seniors leading us [with] Kyle Gonsowski and Madison Hoke."
The Bulldogs’ defense performed much better in the third quarter and didn’t allow North the same easy shot opportunities from the first half. But, the Raiders finally broke through the defense with an unassisted goal from Brady Grindle late in the third quarter. Laird scored his final goal of the game with 35 seconds left to make the score 12-0.
The majority of North starters played only three minutes into the final period before they were replaced, but they still managed two more goals. Sophomores Garrett Patterson and Brady Grindle scored the Raiders’ final two points.
Central fought back in the fourth quarter and broke up the shutout with an unassisted goal from Ryan Carr with 5:28 left in the game.
"We’re a first-year program and this is a huge building process," Central head coach Mike Hudson said.
"This is the first time the majority of our guys have ever even picked up the sticks. So, we’re excited about how we played and we’re very blessed to play a team like North Forsyth, who’s been playing this game for a long time.
"We’ve got such a great group of guys. It’s been very easy because they understand where they’re at with their skills. We ask them to work and they go work twice as hard as any kids I’ve ever been around."
North will travel to Centennial on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m., while Central will host River Ridge on Monday at 7:30 p.m.