The Lakeside Panthers worked hard Wednesday to put away the pesky Greenbrier Wolfpack on Senior Night at Wolf Den Stadium.
The Panthers took control of the lacrosse match early but let the lead slip away and scored late to win 11-10.
“We never quit,” said Lakeside coach Ron Ritter, whose team trailed briefly in the third period. “They played us really hard, but if we hadn’t made a lot of errors, it wouldn’t have been that close.”
The Panthers and the Wolfpack played to a 6-6 tie in a preseason scrimmage, and the Panthers entered the game with a perfect 3-0 record while the Wolfpack came in at 2-1.
Panthers attacker Justin Wells came into the game with 14 goals in the team’s first three games, but Wolfpack goalie Alan Troutman did a good job stopping him on some point-blank shots throughout the contest, limiting him to one goal heading into the fourth period. With 6:30 left in the game, however, Wells would not be denied as he curled around the net and fired the ball past Troutman for the game-winning goal.
After a save by Panthers goalie Doug Horn with 2:19 left in the game, the Panthers were able to run out the clock without another serious threat.
Horn finished with seven saves for the Panthers while Troutman made 14.
After losing to the Wolfpack for the first time last year, the Panthers looked determined to try and put the game away early. They kept the ball in the Wolfpack end for the first four minutes and led 1-0 on a goal by Austin Brown.
After a goal by Clay Singletary knotted the score, Alex Bowen regained the lead for the Panthers with 7:29 left in the first period.
Singletary led Greenbrier with three scores, while Scott Campbell and Tyler Starnes each had two.
Lakeside built the lead to 4-1 as Brown scored the second of his game-high four goals and Eric Angelisanti scored the first of his three goals.
As they would throughout the rest of the game, the Wolfpack refused to go away and cut the lead to 5-3 heading into the second period.
Troutman started to shut the door in the second period, recording seven saves in the stanza.
Christian O’Gorman picked up a loose ball and fed Wells, who scored for a 6-3 lead with 5:10 left in the half. O’Gorman was a facilitator the whole game and finished with three assists.
Singletary gave the Wolfpack a lift heading into the break. He scored the second of his three goals with six seconds left when Horn couldn’t clear the ball from in front of the net.
The teams traded goals, then the Wolfpack took charge, scoring three goals in just under three minutes to take their first lead (8-7) at the 3:36 mark of the third period.
With head coach Jeff Becker screaming for a time-out, which the refs didn’t hear, Campbell scored to get the Wolfpack to within 7-6. Starnes scored while getting crushed by a defenseman to tie the game at 7, and the Wolfpack took their first lead of the game on Campbell’s second goal of the night, assisted by Nick Sidow.
The lead lasted for just under two minutes before the Panthers roared back with three goals of their own. O’Gorman scored with an assist from Wells at the 2:03 mark of the third. Then Brown won the ensuing faceoff, got to the front of the goal and scored just five seconds later. Angelisanti corralled a loose ball in front of the net with :49 seconds left and put it in for the 10-8 lead.
The Wolfpack once again refused to die.
With a group in front of the Panthers goal screening Horn, Starnes was able to get the ball in the net with 9:13 to go, cutting the lead to 10-9.
Just 23 seconds later, Singletary knot- ted the game at 10, putting the ball past Horn with a head-on shot.
In girls soccer Tuesday night, Greenbrier beat Statesboro 2-0 to remain a perfect 8-0. Carly Ray and Katie Belser scored goals, assisted by Sydney Maileoi and Krissy Lewis.
Grovetown was beaten 7-1 by Richmond Academy in Region 3-AAA play. Kristi Sammons scored the Lady Warriors lone goal.
In boys action Tuesday, Greenbrier went to 7-0-1, 5-0 Region 2-AAAA, blanking Statesboro 5-0. Luke Waechter scored twice while Adam Cundey, James Toombs and Reed Norton had a goal each. Michael Harris had two assists.
At Richmond Academy, the Grovetown Warriors beat the Musketeers 3-2. Corey Stone led the way with two goals. Taven McDonald added one and Damon Stinger made six saves.
On Tuesday night, Harlem continued its blistering start to the year with an 8-0 shutout of Richmond Academy. Bryson Serigney went five innings, running his record to 3-0 as the Bulldogs improved to 8-0. Serigney also went 3 for 3 with an RBI, while Dalton Green and Aaron Moore each went 2-for-3.
On Wednesday night, Harlem (8-1) took its first loss of the season with a 2-1 home setback to Lakeside. Leading 1-0, the Panthers (8-2) scored a run in the top of the sixth inning to make a winner of starting pitcher Cole Pittman. Evan Krenz pitched a scoreless seventh for his second save.
At Evans, the Knights beat Grovetown 6-4. Trailing 2-0, the Knights (6-4) struck for five second-inning runs. Jeremy Clements led the Knights going 3 for 4.
On Wednesday, Augusta Prep’s girls beat Aiken Prep 2-1. On the boys side, the Cavaliers fell to Aiken Prep 6-2.