Apex dominates Green Hope, earns 10th straight win
Posted April 18
Updated April 19
Cary, N.C. — Apex’s girls lacrosse team eased past Green Hope Tuesday evening, 18-9, in Cary for the Cougars’ 10th-straight victory of the season.
The Cougars’ win keeps Apex in the top spot of the Southwest Wake Conference, ahead of Panther Creek (9-2) and Middle Creek (8-2).
“If we can play well for the majority of the time, and get everybody in, that’s kind of the goal,” said Apex head coach Mike Bagnasco. “They made a little run at the end of the first half because they hustle. I wanted to make sure that we played like we should and go up so I can get everybody in.”
Apex came out of the gates on fire Tuesday night, scoring nine unanswered goals before Green Hope tallied its first score with 7:22 remaining in the first half.
Junior Tess Meurling and sophomore Ellie Bromley both tallied hat tricks in the first half and combined for seven of the Cougars’ 11 in the opening frame
Meurling – Apex’s leading scorer this season – paced the Cougars with six goals Tuesday night, and Bromley added five of her own. The high-scoring duo have combined for 112 of Apex’s 165 goals through 10 games.
Senior Sydney Rodgers, junior Emily Beckman and sophomore Tess Rodgers also scored in the first half for the Cougars. Beckman tallied a game-high three assists.
“A lot of people forget about little Emily Beckman out there, who’s small but she’s going to feed,” Bagnasco said. “She’s leading the conference in assists because she waits for them [Bromley and Meurling] to pop open. She’s so pin-point with her passes that they just catch and shoot.”
Despite what seemed to be an insurmountable climb, the Green Hope finished the first stanza strong with four of the last six goals scored to end the half.
The Falcons continued their momentum into the second, scoring the game’s third-straight goal – and first of the period – off the foot of junior Alicia Brunetti. Green Hope’s scoring streak lasted 6:25 of playing time between the first and second half.
Apex countered Brunetti’s tally with an 8-0 scoring run to push its lead to 19-6, and implement the running clock mid-way through the period.
During the Cougars’ run, Tess Rodgers tallied her third goal for a hat trick – Apex’s third of the night – to join teammates Bromley and Meurling.
Six different Cougars combined to score Apex’s eight second-half goals: seniors Mackenzie Little and Jessica Leonard, sophomore Claire Tarlton, Bromley, Meurling and Rodgers.
Brunetti tallied two of Green Hopes final three goals for a hat trick of her own, but the Falcons’ last-ditch effort was far too late for a comeback.
Apex (10-0, 10-0 SWAC) will visit second-ranked Panther Creek Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Green Hope (7-5, 5-4 SWAC) will visit Cary at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.