• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

WCHS lacrosse starts season 3-0

The Woodford County High School boys' lacrosse team ran its winning streak to three games with a dominating 16-1 win over the North Hardin Trojans on Saturday, March 3. The game was the second of a double-header for the Jackets and they showed no sign of fatigue on the field.

The Jackets pounded the Trojans on both ends of the field and controlled the game from the opening whistle. WCHS sophomore Blake Owsley scored a team-high four goals in the game. Senior Brody McCoun, junior Everett Thompson and sophomore Nick Crowe each added a hat trick for the Jackets. Crowe also led the team in fielding with eight ground balls. WCHS senior Ben Dawson won 7 of 11 face offs and senior goaltender Chance Burnett stopped seven shots on goal.

Bowling Green

McCoun scored seven goals for the second straight game as the WCHS boys' lacrosse team defeated the Bowling Green Purples 10-5 on Saturday, March 3.

“We feel really good right now,” said McCoun. “We feel like we are clicking already and we want to ride that feeling if we can. We have a lot of sophomores who have come in and really stepped up. The season is long and being smart on the field is more than half the battle. You have to know when to push yourself and when to conserve your energy. As long as we are aggressive, we will be fine.”

McCoun scored two goals to start the game for the Jackets. WCHS Sam Smarr added a goal on a rocket over the shoulder of the Purples' keeper. BGHS added a goal late in the quarter to make the score 3-1.

Owsley scored over a crowd of defenders to open the second quarter. Crowe added a goal off the pads of the Bowling Green goaltender. The Purples scored a pair of consecutive goals before McCoun scored the last goal of the half increasing the lead to 6-3.

“Our defense played with a lot of body today and less stick,” said WCHS sophmore Will Slover. “We knew if we were physical with them that we could control the game. It feels good to win games and everybody wants to get better with each performance.”

McCoun scored four more goals on six shots in the second half to help the Jackets pull away for the second straight victory. Slover and WCHS sophomore Aden Baldwin led the team in fielding with six ground balls each. WCHS senior Ben Dawson was 12 of 16 on faceoffs. Woodford freshman goaltender Bryan Birch had seven saves in the game.

Anderson County

The Woodford County High School lacrosse team won its season opener, 18-5, over the Anderson County Bearcats on Friday, March 2. The Jackets took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and controlled possession of the ball for much of the game.

In the first quarter, McCoun scored the first goal of the game on a rocket past the Bearcat keeper just a minute into regulation. Smarr scored 30 seconds later to increase the Jackets' lead to 2-0. Woodford's stick handling frustrated the Bearcats and forced a pair of slashing penalties in the opening minutes of the game. WCHS freshman Anakin Wethington scored a pair of goals and McCoun scored his second goal to make the score 6-0. The Bearcats scored a pair of goals late in the quarter to bring the score to 6-2.

Anderson County scored their third straight goal of the game to open the second quarter. Crowe scored over three Bearcat defenders and was involved in a terrific collision as the shot was attempted. Crowe stood up after the hit and raised his stick. The Woodford County bench and fans exploded with excitement. A few minutes later, McCoun scored on a no-look over the shoulder shot past the Bearcat goaltender. The Jackets took a 9-4 lead into the half.

McCoun completed the hat trick in the third quarter by scoring a pair of goals to open the second half. Crowe followed up McCoun with a pair of consecutive goals and also earned the hat trick. After a Bearcat score, Crowe and McCoun added goals to bring the Woodford lead to 15-5.

In the fourth quarter, the Jackets added goals by McCoun, Smarr and Dawson. McCoun finished the game with seven goals to lead the team and Crowe led the team with three assists. Slover led the team in fielding with 16 ground balls.

“I liked our intensity tonight,” said WCHS Coach Jeff Faulkner. “I liked seeing how hard they played and they didn't really back down much. Last year we struggled with that a bit but if we can keep the level of aggression up, we should be a really tough team to handle this year. We have a really big roster this season and depth is something you need during a long season.”

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