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FHS lacrosse opens season with 3-2 mark


A dramatic comeback with less than two minutes to play left the Farragut lacrosse team with a victory in a Friday, March 18, evening matchup against Southeast Guilford (Greensboro, N.C).

Faced with a three-goal deficit with 1:11 to play, the Admirals were led by senior Doug Grapskiís dominant face off performance to push three fast breaks to tie the score by the end of regulation.


Then in a sudden-death overtime, a crucial clearing mistake by Southeast allowed sophomore Blake Harper to pick up a ground ball and advance uncontested to the goal. A quick shot beat the goaltender as the Admirals rushed the field.

ďI didnít know if I should pass or shoot,Ē said Harper.

Assistant coach Blake Stranz said, ďIn all my years of lacrosse, Iíve never seen anything like that. The guys just didnít quit ... .Ē

FHS enters the week with a 3-2 record.

In the first half, all of the goals came from the attack, with Ryan Kizer scoring four goals.

A strong weekend at the Louisville Icebreaker tourney earlier this month was highlighted by a 7-6 win vs. St. Xavier team and earned a 7-6 win.

Senior attackman Kizer lead all scorers with four goals, and attackman Harper added a pair of goals. Midfield play highlights included a goal by senior John Fanjoy and a dominant face off performance from Grapski, who was 13 of 16. Despite brisk temperatures, the team played a focused game.

In the final game of the weekend, Farragut faced Ballard in a rematch from last season.

The Admirals jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Led by Harper with four goals, followed by Kizer with three, Hipsher and Brett Harper with two each and midfielders Kyle Travis and Fanjoy one.

Defensemen Grapski, John Toman and Tommy Morgan never allowed the Ballard attack to make clean progress toward the goal and held them to just 16 shots.

 

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