• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ lacrosse opens the season 2-0

The Woodford County High School boys' lacrosse team won its second game of the season with an 8-3 win over Ryle Saturday, March 2. The Jackets were aggressive on both sides of the field and dominated possession for the majority of the game.

The Jackets got on the board first with a laser past the visiting goalkeeper by sophomore Caleb Jacobs. The Bulldogs tied the game with the Jackets shorthanded after a penalty.

A few minutes later, WCHS junior Juan-Angel Martinez gave the Jackets the lead by beating the keeper with 12 seconds left in the first quarter. Jacobs scored his second goal of the game early in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs cut Woodford's lead to 3-2 with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. Jacobs completed the hat trick with eight minutes remaining in the half when he scored through three Bulldog defenders to give the Jackets a 4-2 lead at halftime. The third quarter was physical with both teams getting their share of penalties. Tempers flared late in the third quarter, and a shoving match broke out in front of the Woodford bench. Jacobs scored his fourth goal of the game, and the Jackets led 5-2 after three quarters. The Bulldogs cut Woodford's lead to 5-3 early in the fourth quarter, but Blake Owsley sired a rocket past the Bulldog keeper to give the Jackets a three-goal advantage. Martinez and Trevor Evans added a pair of goals in the final minutes to pad Woodford's lead. Everett Thompson led the Jackets with nine groundballs. Lee Kain and Nick Crowe added seven each. Aden Baldwin was 8-of-12 in faceoffs, and Bryan Birch stopped 16-of-19 shots on goal. "I think our defense has played exceptionally well after two games," said WCHS Coach Jeff Faulkner. "Brian (Birch) was terrific again tonight as goalkeeper. He has stopped dozens of shots already this season and kept us in the game. I think our offense needs some work, but we have the hustle and determination to put it all together." Bowling Green

The Jackets won a double-overtime thriller over Bowling Green, 6-5, Friday, March 1. Martinez and Evans added a pair of goals each and Crowe added a pair of assists. Jacobs and Jonathan Pittman each scored a goal. Kain led the Jackets with 14 ground balls, and Will Slover added 11. Birch stopped 15-of-20 shot attempts.

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