Experience builds in lacrosse
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
April 11, 2014 04:00 AM | 873 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preston Quarles and his Creekview teammates have been trying to gain footing in an Area 2A-AAAAA field that includes many traditional lacrosse powers.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Preston Quarles and his Creekview teammates have been trying to gain footing in an Area 2A-AAAAA field that includes many traditional lacrosse powers.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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With just two weeks remaining in the season, the top teams have separated themselves from the pack in boys lacrosse, leaving some of Cherokee County’s teams to see just how much they need to improve.

One such team is Creekview.

With a win over Walker on Wednesday, the Grizzlies improved to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in Area 2A-AAAAA. With seven games left to play, they are on par with last season’s 5-10 finish, but still far from the area leaders Westminster, Pope and Allatoona — all of which are unbeaten in area play.

River Ridge also competes in the same area, but the Knights are still seeking their first win after seven losses.

Cherokee, Etowah and Woodstock are competing in a talent-rich Area 2AAAAAA.

Etowah (4-6, 2-4) opened the season strong, but stumbled into spring break with four straight losses. It returns to action Saturday at Johns Creek in the first of two challenging games within the next week. The second challenge will come Wednesday in the form of North Gwinnett, which has just one loss on the season.

Etowah, however, has been eliminated from postseason contention with losses to each of the four teams ahead of it in the area standings.

Woodstock (7-4, 2-3) seems to be improving as the season passes.

The Wolverines have won back-to-back games against North Forsyth and Wheeler going into today’s game against Creekview. While neither North Forsyth nor Wheeler are challenging opponents, the victories were able to give the Wolverines some confidence, and it allowed them to operate their offense as opposed to simply reacting to what the other team was doing.

Cherokee (2-8, 1-6) has the most ground to make up — but it also a lot of room to improve.

The Warriors opened the season with a string of five losses before winning two of their next five games. Down the stretch, they have a chance to earn a few more victories in matchups against other sub-.500 teams.

Leading the Area 2AAAAAA standings is Milton, followed by Walton, Roswell and Lassiter. Etowah is currently fifth.
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