KVA lacrosse falls to state's 13th-ranked team
Kerr-Vance recorded a milestone win over Cary Academy last season, defeating the Chargers for the first time in the Spartan program’s short history.
KVA coach Scott Burnette said that match may have been on the Chargers’ minds as the teams met again Wednesday in Henderson.
The Spartans (3-2) played well in spurts but ultimately fell to the state’s 13th-ranked team, public or private, 13-7. KVA is 41st in the latest rankings.
“I think they kind of took it to heart,” Burnette said of Cary Academy (5-1). “I think they wanted it a little more than we did tonight.”
Joseph Parrish and Austin Neauville combined to score 11 of the Chargers’ 13 goals. Parrish scored six times and Neauville added five goals.
The Spartans trailed 10-4 entering the third period.
KVA’s Hayes Griggs scored on an assist from Luke Pegram with 1:40 to play and Sam Fuquay added a shorthanded goal in the final minute, also assisted by Pegram.
“The first quarter we were there,” said Burnette. “I think we had some lapses through the middle. We played unbelievable the last four minutes of the game. Problem is you can’t wait until the last four minutes of the game to play.”
Cary Academy led 3-2 in the second period when Cary Academy’s Austin Lawrence laid a vicious hit on KVA senior Troy Bickle. Bickle stole the ball from Lawrence before the Charger midfielder checked Bickle around the chest as he tried to advance.
Lawrence was whistled for an illegal check on the hit that left Bickle on the ground, leaving Cary Academy a man down for three minutes.
The Chargers took another penalty about a minute and a half later, but KVA couldn’t capitalize on the two-man advantage. The Spartan coach called the sequence a “punch to the gut.”
“Momentum certainly shifted back their way,” said Burnette.
Cary Academy scored three more times before the end of the half to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
Darren Doyle cut the lead in half for KVA about 40 seconds into the third period.
“Darren’s awesome,” said Burnette. “He’s mighty fast. He won a groundball, went down and got a great shot.”
The Chargers answered with two goals of their own before Griggs recorded his second assist, feeding Franklin Irvin on a break for one of his two goals.
Again Cary Academy answered, scoring twice more before the end of the third frame.
KVA’s Dallas Smith opened the game’s scoring, finding the net at 6:50.
The Spartans are off for spring break next week. Burnette said he’s feeling good about the team’s progress despite the loss.
“We’re making steps in the right direction,” said Burnette. “Just took a little step back tonight.”
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