On a big weekend for college lacrosse in the Atlanta area, the Georgia men’s club lacrosse team took on Alabama at Centennial High School on Friday, the Georgia women’s club lacrosse team took on Florida at Northview High School on Saturday, and the guys were back in action at Alpharetta High School this afternoon. The result was a second straight multiple-goal victory for the Bulldog gents, as well as the Athenians’ third win in their last five games.
As had been the case on Friday, the Bulldogs swiftly leapt out to a commanding advantage. Sophomore attack (and Alpharetta High alumnus) Kyle Reed, junior midfielder (and Alpharetta High alumnus) D.J. Nuckolls (twice), and junior attack Michael Trainer turned assists by Nuckolls, junior faceoff specialist Harrison Cassada, junior midfielder Kolby Hanson, and senior midfielder (and Alpharetta High alumnus) Conner Reed into a 4-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the opening period. Georgia kept up the barrage with an unassisted goal by Conner Reed, an extra-man score by Kyle Reed, an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Cayman Sotudeh, an extra-man score by Trainer, and another unassisted goal by Conner Reed to make it 9-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulls finally got on the board with back-to-back goals early in the second stanza, but the Bulldogs answered with scores by freshman attack Phil McCarthy and Kyle Reed. In the final five minutes of the opening half, South Florida scored twice more before Sotudeh turned a feed from Trainer into the goal that gave the Athenians a 12-4 halftime edge.
Georgia remained on the attack in the second half, opening the third quarter with scores by Cassada and Nuckolls before a flurry of five penalties in two minutes permitted the Floridians to pull to within eight of their hosts. The Reed brothers notched one goal apiece to close out the penultimate period with a 16-6 lead in which the difference was composed of ten goals scored by Alpharetta High School alumni. Consecutive fourth-quarter scores by the Bulls narrowed the gap before Trainer poured in two more to wrap up an 18-8 victory for the Bulldogs.
The Georgia men’s club lacrosse team will return to campus and be back in action against two sets of rival Tigers next weekend, squaring off with Auburn in Athens next Saturday and facing Clemson in the Palmetto State on March 2.
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