The Falcons JV boys’ lacrosse team set out to finish the season with a winning record, entering the game at Lexington H.S. at 3-3-1. Lexington jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st quarter, but the Falcons were successful moving the ball aggressively into Wildcats territory and appeared to be evenly matched with the opposing team.
The second quarter featured an unassisted goal by Henry Gibson to bring it within one. The defensive effort was aided by multiple takeaways by LSM William Owens. Another ray of hope for the Falcons was midfielder Caleb Lanier’s faceoff play–he appears to be developing into a real threat at this position. Lexington did force an additional score before halftime, and took the 3-1 into the break.
The third quarter was all Falcons. Banks Pope, Connor Freeman, and Will Cantrell anchored the defensive effort around the cage, and Phillip Koutrakos made some key saves to keep the Wildcats’ tally at zero for the quarter. Lee Scarborough added a goal, cutting the lead to 3-2.
The final quarter started off promising for the visiting team. Flynn Bowie and Walker Dungan stepped in on defense and made some big plays, including clears deep into the Wildcats’ zone. The offense kept the heat on the Wildcats with multiple shots–unfortunately, the home team goalie was seeing everything thrown his way in the 4th quarter and the Falcons couldn’t add anything to the scoreboard. In a fast-paced game, it’s inevitable for the defense to get fatigued near the end and the Wildcats took advantage of this–five unanswered scores in the final minutes ended the contest at 8-2.
The JV team finishes the season at 3-4-1, which is a big improvement over last year’s record of 1-7. Big wins over Eastside and Spring Valley this year showed what this team can do when it gets hot. Coach Prescott Tweedy deserves a lot of credit for taking a young team and turning them into legitimate competitors. The vast majority of the JV boys this year are middle schoolers, which means that by the time they get to the varsity squad they’ll have multiple years of experience competing on a high-school level.
The seventh graders who will be back on JV next year include key offensive threats like Owen Fisher, Brooks Hartin, Andrew Tucker, Charlie Griffin, George Gallagher, Arthur Gudmundson, and Fletcher Winegard; Flynn Bowie, who has already proven himself on defense; and Connor Condon, who showed real talent between the pipes in the B-team games.
There are 16 eighth graders making the jump from middle to high school next year, and they will provide a great deal of experienced players for a young Falcons program. Look for several of them to be pulled up to the varsity level for some or all of next season. On attack, we’ll have the scoring skills of Henry Gibson, Duncan Moorman, Mac McLendon, and William Hough. All have become capable of cutting to the cage and putting points on the board. The midfield will be strong as well, with solid players like Chapman Lee, Thomas Davidson, Charlie Riley, Cort Turner, Will Laney, Jaylin Brown, Colin Sauls, and Pierce Mills rotating on both the offensive and defensive sides of the field. Many of these boys just picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time this season, so with some offseason practice look for them to be much improved next year. Defensive players heading into high school include Banks Pope and Walker Dungan, who are both capable of making big plays and keeping the other team off the scoreboard. William Owens, who made the switch to LSM this year, proved to be a quick study at this position and showed some real skill in disrupting opposing offenses and taking the ball away.
A great part of this season’s success rode on the experienced high-schoolers on the JV team, some of whom will be moving on to varsity next year. Caleb Lanier, a rising sophomore, has shown considerable skill winning faceoffs. Lee Scarborough, another rising sophomore, was a consistent scorer throughout the season at the midfield position. Will Osteen, also heading into his sophomore year, was a vital part of the offensive squad at attack and midfield. Matthew Tucker made an impact as a midfielder and is a rising junior–look for him to contribute to the varsity effort next year. Two of the defense are also entering their sophomore year. Will Cantrell and Connor Freeman both played tenacious defense and flustered many opposing offensive players this season. Their leadership helped lift the JV team to a new level, and this duo will continue to improve. Lastly, but certainly not least, Phillip Koutrakos showed what practice and hard work can do for a player. His goalie play was excellent and made the difference in multiple games this season. He’s entering his sophomore year with a lot of game experience under his belt.
All in all, a great season for the JV Falcons! Now, be sure to cheer on the varsity as they finish up their season and look to make some waves in the state playoffs. Go Flora!