Northwest cruises to eighth LAX victory

NW vs. WM LAX 1Watkins Mill’s Hezekiah Likekele (25) faces off against Northwest’s Cole Notari (7).        PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GAITHERSBURG – The Northwest boys varsity lacrosse team continued its history-making season Tuesday when it defeated the visiting Watkins Mill Wolverines by a score of 15-6 to improve to 8-1.

The win extended the best record the Jaguars have ever boasted in school history.

The 1-4 Wolverines fought valiantly in the penalty-laden bout, but the Northwest attackmen took nearly twice as many shots at the net as Watkins Mill did.

The extra effort paid off for Jaguars senior attackman Cole Notari, who registered a game-high four goals.

In fact, Notari had earned a hat trick in the first quarter alone and helped dig a hole that the Wolverines couldn’t crawl out of.

NW vs. WM LAX 2Northwest’s Cole Notari (7) is pursued by Watkins Mill’s Nathan Wright (1) and Tyler Lewis (30). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Watkins Mill got on the board in the first minute of the game as an out-of-bounds mistake by Northwest led to a Wolverines possession and a Griffin Borman goal.

The Jaguars weren’t trailing for long, however.

Junior midfielder Luke Patterson responded by bouncing in the first of his two goals of the evening. Patterson then passed to sophomore attackman David Rosenberg, who slammed in a goal of his own.

Northwest cut the field in half, denying the Wolverines the opportunity to get on offense.

The game began to spiral out of hand for Watkins Mill when the Jaguars won three face-offs in a row and scored three times in just 16 seconds.

Northwest showcased its multiple scoring threats as Notari, senior attackman Doug Haller and junior attackman Shane Parcelles all slammed the ball into the net within a few seconds of each other.

NW vs. WM LAX 3Watkins Mill’s Leonardo Molina (11) and Northwest’s Luke Patterson (2). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Wolverines senior attackman Leo Astorima broke Watkins Mill’s scoring drought in the second quarter when he fired the ball past Northwest sophomore goalie Kenny Yeaher.

Meanwhile, Northwest was still firing on all cylinders. Rosenberg caught a pass and hightailed it to the net, where he threw in his second goal of the game.

The Jaguars rode a comfortable 12-3 lead going into the half.

The Wolverines tried to make up some ground in the third quarter as Borman raced through Northwest defenders and tossed the ball over the goalie’s shoulder for his second score of the night.

Watkins Mill senior Thomas Dawson closed out the third quarter by slamming in a goal of his own to try to whittle away at Northwest’s lead.

It wasn’t meant to be, however. The Jaguars continued to build postseason momentum as they cruised to another victory.

Even though the Wolverines dropped their fourth game of the season, head coach Maxwell Bero appeared optimistic for the upcoming playoffs.

“I would like to achieve better than last year and I would like to win a few playoff games, as opposed to just our first round game,” he said. “I would like to get two or three wins in the playoffs.”

Northwest head coach Cameron Maluchnik said his team is achieving all the goals he set for them so far this season.

“They have the best record in school history. I want to maintain that goal and I want to see Quince Orchard and play against Churchill and beat them,” he said. “Quince Orchard is a huge rival for this school and we’ve never beaten them.”

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