RALEIGH — Wakefield held off a valiant Millbrook comeback effort Tuesday to walk away with a 13-11 win and take control of third place in the Conference 4 boys lacrosse standings with one week remaining in the regular season.
Millbrook, coming off of a Saturday win over defending conference champion Broughton, started off flat against Wakefield. The Wildcats got behind 4-0 before scoring their first goal seconds before the end of the first quarter and trailing 7-2 at the half.
“I was really hoping these guys would stay pumped up, but I think it felt so good to win that big against Broughton that they thought it would come quickly. ... I think they were just rushing; rushing our offense, rushing our defense, not trusting each other,” Millbrook coach Philip Herndon said. “Around the fourth quarter they started to have faith, and it was obviously a little too late.”
Millbrook played Wakefield fairly evenly in the third quarter before outscoring the Wolverines 6-2 in the final quarter, including four unanswered goals in the final five minutes of play.
The win gave Wakefield the regular season series between the team, having won the first meeting 8-7.
“This is a great rivalry, a classy rivalry,” Wakefield coach Greg Cox said. “It’s always a good game, it’s either one or two goals; sometimes it’s sudden death. So it was real important that we came out with a four-goal lead because I know the door is never shut when we’re playing Millbrook.”
Wakefield’s Marcus Abrams led all scorers with five goals and two assists. Casey McKasel and Logan Goss added four goals and three assists, respectively, for the Wolverines.
Anthony Florian’s four goals and Josiah Carr’s three goals and four assists paced Millbrook.
“This (win) is huge. Right now because of all the rainouts, everybody’s fighting for a playoff position,” Cox said. “We had to beat Heritage (a 9-8 win Monday) night which kind of puts us in a good spot, probably number three. We had to beat Millbrook.”