Boys lacrosse team earns playoff berth
Published 8:48 am Thursday, May 5, 2022
The Davie boys lacrosse team hammered visiting Atkins 16-2 in a nonconference game on April 20.
Ryan Walton poured in five goals as Davie halted a four-game losing streak. Daniel Reichard and Camden Beck had hat tricks, while Ty Carter had two goals. Scoring once were Kole Bilyeu, Sebastian Bellomo and Owen Horne.
Alex Speckin handed out four of Davie’s 10 assists. Carter had two, while Bellomo, Bryce Harnsberger, Horne and Walton had one apiece.
Two days later at home, the War Eagles punished Glenn 15-2 in the final regular-season game.
Davie jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and coasted from there. Beck (four goals) and Walton (three) led the attack. Bilyeu, Chase Atkinson, Harnsberger, Horne, Reichard, Nick Ruff and Eli Wooten added goals. Speckin had all three assists.
Davie (7-9 overall) finished fifth in the Central Piedmont Conference standings. Reynolds (12-0), Reagan (9-3), Mt. Tabor (9-3) and West Forsyth (5-7) finished ahead of the War Eagles (4-8). East Forsyth (3-9) and Glenn (0-12) finished sixth and seventh.
The top three in goals are Walton (57), Beck (40) and Reichard (25). The assist leaders are Speckin (34), Walton (19) and Reichard (11).
After the teams split in the regular season, the War Eagles held off West Forsyth, 10-9, in a tense, bruising battle in Clemmons in the first round of the CPC Tournament on April 25.
Davie won the first meeting 8-7. Three weeks later, West won 17-13. The fifth-seeded War Eagles survived the third meeting to extend their winning streak to three. The No. 4 Titans fell to 10-10.
It was tied 1-1 after the first quarter. Davie held leads of 4-2 and 7-6 at halftime and at the end of the third, respectively.
Walton and Reichard had three and two goals, respectively. Davie got one from Bilyeu, Carter, Sam Warner and Speckin, who added two assists. Bellomo and Reichard had one assist apiece.
One day later in the semifinals, top-seeded Reynolds handled Davie 17-7, beating the War Eagles (8-10) for the third time this season as the Demons ran their record to 15-3. The game was held at Glenn.
Davie only trailed 5-4 after the first quarter, but the Demons gradually pulled away from there.
Walton carried Davie with four goals. Bilyeu, Carter and Speckin had one apiece. Reichard had three assists, Speckin two and Bryce Harnsberger one.
The War Eagles squeaked into the 4-A playoffs as the 18th seed in the West Region. They traveled to No. 15 Northwest Guilford for the first round.