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Lady Wolverines face state powerhouse in Class AAAAAA second round
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West Forsyth junior attack Monica Martelli will be a game-time decision after suffering a head injury in the Lady Wolverines' win Wednesday in the first round of the Class AAAAAA tournament. West could use Martelli, the team's leading scorer, against four-time defending state champion Milton. - photo by Brian Paglia

West Forsyth at Milton

When, where: Friday, 5:30 p.m., at Milton High School in Milton.

Records, seedings: West is 13-4 and the No. 2 seed from Area 3-AAAAAA; Milton is 16-3 and the No. 1 seed from Area 2.

What to know: Hopefully the Lady Wolverines won’t look back on their 9-5 victory over North Gwinnett in the first round and wonder what it cost. Three players went down with injuries in the game: junior attack Sydney Frye (knee), junior attack Monica Martelli (head) and senior middie Arielle Pagley (ankle). Martelli’s absence was particularly significant. She entered the game with a team-best 60 goals. West head coach Dan Kaplan said Pagley likely won’t return against Milton, Frye should be back and Martelli’s status was still undetermined at press time.

The silver lining in West’s first round win was its defense, which shut out North Gwinnett in the second half. The Lady Wolverines will need another performance like that against Milton. The Lady Eagles are the preeminent girls’ lacrosse program in Georgia having won four straight state championships and eight of the nine since the Georgia High School Association sanctioned girls’ lacrosse as a championship sport.

What’s next: The winner plays the Centennial-Harrison winner.