A flurry of early goals ensured that the Wildcats will be moving on in the playoffs.
The Saint Ignatius varsity lacrosse team fired past the Green Bulldogs on Friday night, 20-2, using a varied offense to build a quick lead and advance to the Regional Final.
With the win, the Wildcats are now 16-4 on the year. On Tuesday, the Lax Cats will play at Wasmer Field for the final time this season. The Cats will host the North Canton Hoover Vikings in the Regional Semifinal.
From the start, the Wildcats' offense roared. The hosts tallied a goal in the opening minute and didn't look back from there. The Lax Cats wasted little time in getting the offense going, scoring 11 goals by the end of the opening stanza. The goals came fast and furious, which can be attributed, in part, to a great week of practice. The Wildcats are focused and ready mentally and physically as the grand prize comes into view.
Leading 11-1 after the first, the Wildcats started slowing down the offense in the second quarter. Utilizing more passing, the Wildcats played a deliberate game and tried new looks. The Wildcats notched three more goals in the second, taking a 14-1 lead into the second half.
Griff "Biggie" Gerard played a leading role in the offense, scoring three goals in the first quarter and a fourth by game's end.
A number of young players received some playing time in the second half. Talented youngsters such as Logan Rechin, Drew Wynocker, Michael Mattimore, Max Hartley, Matt Kempton, Kyu Shim, and many others. Shim helped to add to the lead in the third, scoring a nice goal to aid the Wildcats in advancing the lead to 18-2.
The Wildcats scored two goals later, finishing off the game at 20-2.
With the Regional Quarterfinal in the rearview mirror, the Regional Semifinal will be on Tuesday. The SIBN will have live, audio-only coverage at 6 pm.