Conference 3 boys lacrosse

A tight race in boys lacrosse Conference 3

mblake@newsobserver.comMarch 31, 2014 

  • Conf. 3 Standings

    1. Apex 8-0, 8-0

    2. Middle Creek 8-1, 7-1

    T3. Athens Drive 5-2, 5-2

    T3. Green Hope, 5-2, 5-2

    5. Holly Springs, 4-3, 4-3

    6. Panther Creek, 3-6, 3-5

    7. Cary, 2-6, 2-5

    8. Pinecrest, 1-8, 1-8

    9. Fuquay-Varina, 0-9, 0-9

— The radar according to CoachSmart, a phone app designed to track lightning strikes within a 30-mile radius, said there was no lightning anywhere near Holly Springs on Friday evening.

But the Golden Hawks’ boys lacrosse showdown, already pushed back a day because of a conflict with an event at Athens Drive, was stopped in the first quarter because of an apparent lightning strike.

About 10 minutes later, it was time for spring break. The game was postponed.

The teams will pick up the game in April with Athens Drive holding a 1-0 lead early in the second quarter.

The game figured to be a big one, pitting two teams that will be fighting for one of three automatic playoff bids from Conference 3 (better known as the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference in other sports).

Apex, the defending state champ, continues to roll with an undefeated record. An April 15 meeting with Middle Creek, which the Cougars beat 4-3 earlier this year, will have a big say on the conference championship race.

Green Hope, which won just six games last year and has five wins already this season, has yet to play Holly Springs or Middle Creek.

Athens Drive leads the conference with 14.1 goals per game. Apex, the league’s best defense, is giving up just 3.9 goals per game.

First-year varsity programs Fuquay-Varina and Southern Pines’ Pinecrest High have combined for just one win.

Middle Creek senior Justin Medwar leads the conference with 27 goals, followed by Green Hope’s Nolan Paussa with 23. Paussa has 35 points, leading the league, with Apex’s Chandler Besser (33 points, including a league-high 22 assists) close behind, along with Medwar and Apex’s Jack Hayden (31 points).

This week’s area rankings by The News & Observer placed Apex first, Middle Creek third, Athens Drive third and Green Hope 10th, making Conference 3 the only area league to place more than two teams in the top 10.

Blake: 919-460-2606; Twitter: @JMBpreps

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