Manual Varsity Boys’ lacrosse defeated rival Male 11-5 in Wednesday’s senior night game. The Crimsons’ jumped out to a 4-0 lead at halftime, led by two goals from attackman Brenton Wolford (#10, 12). Wolford would finish the game with six goals.
Male made a furious charge in the final minutes of the game, scoring three consecutive goals to bring the score to 9-5, but after a series of penalties and goals from Wolford and Gabe Jackson (#17, 11), the Bulldogs’ comeback was shut down. Manual head coach Nathan Moore attributes the Crimsons’ victory to a strong defensive showing.
“Defense had their best performance of the year hands down, the way our defense work with our midfielders was superb,” Moore said. “They were making the right reads, the right slides, I mean, we made Male call a timeout simply because they couldn’t close to the goal, it was a pure frustration timeout. It was complete total domination by the defense tonight.”
Goalie John Biggs (#12, 12) has had a fantastic season and lead the Manual defense through good times and bad.
“Biggs had a fantastic game tonight, he’s given us a fantastic season,” Moore said. “There’s not much I can say besides the fact that he’s stellar.”
Manuals offense stepped up tonight to really show their superiority as players and as a team.
“We started off a little slow on offense, but they picked it up right away and got good off ball movement along with good passes and by the second half they lit it up,” Moore said.
“Their players kept going after us but we kept responding and shutting them down,” Cole Portman (11, #31) said. “We really played hard out there tonight and the outcome shows it.”
The Crimsons’ victory comes after a tough 8-5 loss to Jefferson Cup rival Ballard on Monday. Manual will get another shot at the Bruins at Trinity this Tuesday in the first round of KSLL playoffs.
Manual finishes the regular season with a final record of 7-13, a five game improvement from the 2014 season.