Apex eliminates Middle Creek, advances to lacrosse finals
Posted May 20, 2015
The Apex Cougars battled back for a 13-11 win against the Middle Creek Mustangs in the 4-A boy’s lacrosse eastern regional final on Tuesday, advancing to the state championship game.
These familiar foes split their meetings earlier in the season, but on Tuesday night, the Cougars came out on top. Middle Creek started off strong, scoring three unanswered goals in the first three minutes of play.
With seven minutes left in the first quarter, Apex coach John Hayden called a pivotal timeout that changed the momentum of the game. Just two minutes after the timeout, Ryan Campbell found the back of the net for Apex’s first goal of the game. Fifteen seconds later, they scored again, this time it was Jack Hayden.
The Cougars scored five unanswered goals before Middle Creek’s Jack Doetzer was able to put one past the Apex goaltender, bringing the Mustangs back to within one goal, 5-4.
The teams swapped points until Apex broke out with two goals late in the second quarter that put them ahead 8-5 at halftime.
Middle Creek’s Owen Caputo opened scoring early in the second half. His crease-roll and finish pulled the Mustangs to within two, but the Cougars kept battling. Apex’s Trevor Seaman scored just under a minute later to bring the score to 9-6.
The Cougars began the fourth quarter with a 10-8 lead, but the Mustangs would not go down without a fight. Despite two more Apex goals early in the fourth, the Mustangs never gave up. Two goals from Middle Creek’s Charlie Doetzer and another from his brother, Jack, brought the game to a 12-11 Apex lead.
However, the rally came up short. Nick Greco scored the game-clenching goal on a pass from Hayden with 3:35 left to secure the 13-11 Apex win.
The Apex Cougars advanced to the 4-A Lacrosse State Championship Game for the third consecutive year. On Friday night, the Cougars will face Charlotte Catholic at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.