The Nation Ford Falcons boys’ lacrosse team had no trouble rolling over the Dorman Cavaliers to advance in the 5A playoffs with a convincing win Saturday.
Nation Ford won 17-8 and at one point scored 11 consecutive goals between the first and second quarters. The Falcons will now travel to JL Mann for the Upper State championship Tuesday, April 25.
“We knew they had a really good faceoff guy and a goalie,” said Nation Ford head coach Cory Turner. “They are well coached. It took everything we had to win.”
Dorman scored first to open the match about two and a half minutes into play. Nation Ford’s Owen Ameo came back to score and tie the match about a minute later and it was off to the races for the Falcons as they rattled off another 10 goals.
Josh Ameo would score the next three goals for Nation Ford and then Owen Ameo would add one more to give Nation Ford a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. Josh Ameo led scoring six goals and Owen Ameo added five goals in the match.
Tyler Kell opened the second quarter for Nation Ford with a goal, before Josh Ameo scored his fourth goal within the first 14 minutes of the match. Hunter Nicola and Alex Bussman each scored a goal within 30 seconds of each other in the ninth minute of the second quarter. Matt Hurst and Owen Ameo then add another goal for the Falcons to make it 11-1 before Dorman scored again.
Josh Ameo added another goal before the half to put Nation Ford up 12-2 at the break.
The Falcons opened the second half with Luke Letterhos scoring and scored four of the next five goals to extend their lead to 17-3 after the third quarter. Owen Ameo scored twice in the quarter with Ryan Kell and Josh Ameo adding goals as well.
Dorman made a small rally in the fourth quarter outscoring Nation Ford 5-0 as the Falcons removed nearly all their starters.
The win puts Nation Ford at 15-3 on the season as Turner is looking towards JL Mann, who beat Boiling Springs Saturday also.
“I think they are in trouble,” Turner said. “We fixed some things two weeks ago and it is like we are a whole new team. We are scoring at will now.”
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