Hoggard boys lacrosse stays unbeaten with 13-12 win over Laney

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For the third time in five days, the Hoggard boys lacrosse team picked up a one-goal victory to remain unbeaten.

Tuesday’s 13-12 win over Laney featured lots of solid play by both sides. A string of five straight goals over the final 6:05 of the first half gave the Vikings a lead they would never relinquish.

Andy Kotz scored a team-high four goals for Hoggard (7-0, 5-0 Mideastern), including what turned out to be the game winner with 3:42 on the clock. Scout Philipp and Kenan Arne each found the back of the net three times.

Hoggard’s Andy Kotz scored four goals on Tuesday. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

“These games are preparing us for what’s to come in the playoffs,” Philipp said. “Laney has great players. We weren’t surprised at how well they played. I don’t think we played our best, but we’ll get back to the chalkboard and clean some things up.”

Laney (5-1, 3-1) came out with a lot of energy and built a 4-2 lead on a goal from Wilkerson Garrett with 8:50 left in the second quarter. The Buccaneers won the ensuing faceoff, but couldn’t increase the lead.

Instead, Hoggard found some offensive rhythm and reeled off five goals in a row to take a 7-4 lead into halftime. The advantage grew to 10-6 following a goal from Kotz with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter, but the visitors refused to quit.

Nic Lord’s fourth goal cut the deficit to 11-10 early in the final quarter. Both teams squandered numerous possessions before Philipp and Kotz scored back-to-back goals to give the Vikings a three-goal lead.

Laney’s Riley Campbell scored with 43 seconds left and Lord put home his fifth and final goal with 23 seconds left. The Buccaneers won the ensuing faceoff and got a good look at the tie, but a shot in the final seconds sailed high.

Laney got two goals from Wilkerson Garrett. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

“I’m proud that we didn’t give up,” Laney coach Ken Broomfield said. “We were down three goals with a minute left and we got it to within one with the ball and got a shot off. We put ourselves in a position and we had a shot.

“Of course, you never like a loss and hopefully we can learn from this and get better.”

Garrett and Noah Ehinger each finished with two goals for the Buccaneers.