There were exactly two moments during Wednesday night’s boys lacrosse matchup at West Forsyth when the visiting Forsyth Central Bulldogs appeared to be in the game.
Down 5-2 late in the first half and having won a rare faceoff thanks to a loose-ball foul, Central’s Grayson McCart found an opening in West’s man-down-defense and fired a shot by the goalkeeper to get his team within two.
The second moment was the opening faceoff, which West won and then immediately scored the first goal of their 14-6 win, making them the only team on the season with a perfect four region wins.
“We’re excited to be 4-0,” Wolverines head coach John Laden said. “We’ve got a lot of big lacrosse games in front of us.”
The Wolverines imposed their offense at will, scoring four straight goals to start the first half and three to start the second, out-shooting Central 47-21. Five different West players put shots in the net. Four of them did it more than once, while Sam Tuck and Josh Bell each had hat tricks and then some.
“We try to be as team-like as we can,” Laden said. “The more versatility we can provide on offense, the better, so we’re pleased with a lot of people getting some touches and goals. It’s a good thing.”
Bell led the West offense with nine shots, scoring on four of them, while Tuck finished his night with a spectacular five goals on seven.
“Everything’s been working for me lately at practice with the sidearm and the overhand,” Tuck said. “It was sort of a little bit of a mix today. The goalie was saving everything low, which (meant) was everything was open coming on the top, so everything that was high was going in.”
Sophomore Richie Mohr was an essential part of West’s offensive success, winning 18 of 23 face-offs and constantly giving control of the ball to his offense. The Wolverines scored goals immediately after face-offs on six different occasions, while four of Mohr’s five losses were due to penalties.
“It was more about being quick off the face,” Mohr said. “All I really had to focus on was the power, sliding down the line and focusing on my left hook on the way down.”
With two out-of-area losses, the Wolverines are eagerly anticipating upcoming matchups with both Milton and Lambert.
“I have really high expectations,” Bell said. “I think we can go through the rest of the (area) games undefeated, go to the playoffs, grab that one or two seed and finish strong just like last year.”
“I’m looking forward to getting revenge on Milton from last year,” Mohr said.