Published: Apr 20, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Apr 20, 2012 03:10 PM
Carrboro sticks up for Northwood
The Jaguars wanted a win, but Northwood was willing to settle for just making progress with its young program.
PITTSBORO - Carrboro and Northwood both found what they were looking for in last week's conference lacrosse match at Charger Stadium. The Jaguars got an 11-2 win, and the Chargers made progress for their still-young program."We are just trying to teach the game to the kids, get the kids to grow, to get this program and Northwood to grow," Northwood coach Kevin McDaniel said after Tuesday's game.McDaniel, who played the game when he was a high school student in Salem, Va., said the Charger program is benefiting from the North Chatham Youth Lacrosse program that started working with high school players just about the same time he arrived at Northwood to teach math in 2010.Last year, both of Northwood's top two scorers came from the North Chatham Cardinals program."We have a very young program right now," McDaniel said. "Kids are starting to get sticks in their hands in the sixth and seventh and eighth grade."Because Northwood's younger players have had more instruction, McDaniel said, the team relies more on its underclassman than on seniors. "And the freshman who come in get a lot of playing time," he said. "That's because of the Cardinal programs."Northwood junior Cory Volk scored both of the Chargers' goals Tuesday, the first off an assist from junior middie Jerry Ashness and the second from sophomore attackman Wesley Meyer."I thought Northwood played a really good game. They played hard," said Carrboro coach Chris Mann, who helped found North Chatham Youth Lacrosse in 2008.Carrboro (9-6 overall, 6-3 conference) beat Northwood (4-10, 2-7) by a 14-1 score at home the first time they met this season.Coming into Pittsboro as a heavy favorite, the Jaguars eschewed running up the score in favor of working on their own game — concentrating on clears and good defense while staying out of the penalty box.They did well at both. Carrboro succeed on 12 of 14 attempts to clear the ball from its defensive zone and allowed Northwood just two extra-man opportunities, none in the second half. Carrboro scored on three of its four extra-man opportunities.Alex Knapp led Carrboro 's scoring with five goals and two assists, while Zach Pruitt also recorded a hat trick with three goals and two assists. William Clark added two goals and an assist while Sam Parker had one goal and one assist.Knapp scored twice in the opening quarter as Carrboro bolted to a 4-0 lead. Ahead 5-1 at halftime, the Jaguars pulled away in the third quarter as Knapp scored two more times and the Jags went up 8-1."I thought we did a good job against a tough team," McDaniel said. "We held strong until the third quarter, and then we started to fall apart a little bit. But, compared to the way we played this team last time, we have greatly improved."Carrboro's win kept the Jags within striking distance of conference leaders East Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill. Carrboro played Friday night at East. (See Wednesday's Chapel Hill News for results.) A win would have boosted the Jags' hopes for a NCHSAA playoff spot.