After the West Forsyth girls lacrosse team dominated Lambert on Thursday evening, beating the Longhorns 18-7 at Midway Park, Wolverines assistant coach Skyler Wagner didn't hold back on the celebration.
"What do we get back in our possession?" she asked the players seated in front of her.
"Cup!" they responded in unison.
With Thursday's win, the path to the Forsyth Cup, created by Dan Kaplan when he coached the Wolverines and awarded to the county's top lacrosse team, became ever clearer for the West. They still have to face Forsyth Central, where Kaplan is currently the athletic director, but the Wolverines will be heavy favorites in that game, as they've beaten multiple teams that have blown out the Bulldogs.
"It's a goal we set from the beginning of the season," West junior midfielder Ella Madson said. "Last season, losing to Lambert was heartbreaking, and we just practice every day with game in mind."
Last season's matchup between these teams ended in a 11-4 victory for the Longhorns, and while Lambert led briefly on Thursday, staking a 4-3 advantage with just over 15 minutes left in the first half, the Wolverines' lethal offensive combo of Madson and freshman Cami Merkel became far too much for Lambert to handle. Madson scored five straight goals in under four minutes after the Longhorns took the lead, and she ended up with 8 total for the game. Merkel had five herself, showcasing speed and cutting ability that Lambert had fits dealing with.
"We've been really confident lately," Merkel said. "Our transitions have just been one cohesive unit."
While the Wolverines look like the top team in the county, there are still a few schools in Area 5-6/7A they could find themselves at underdogs against. They lost 10-9 to Alpharetta on March 13, and they'll soon face Cambridge, who beat Lambert 20-3, and Milton, one of the top girls programs in the state.
Those will be the obstacles in West's drive for its next goal.
"It's nice to be tops in the county, but that's not the goal," Marchand said. "The goal is to be top of the state. We're underdogs going into (games with) some of other teams in our region, but we're going to fight."