CFNN Editor/Reporter Hudson McFadyen
The Cape Fear Men’s Lacrosse team’s season ended on March 17th after suffering a loss of 18-11 to the South Brunswick Trojans.
Despite the loss, the team saw more success this year than any year prior. With a 7-6 regular-season record, they were placed as the 1-seed in the 3A Eastern Division in the state tournament. This was the team’s first appearance in the playoffs.
With some teams opting out due to Covid, the Colts were given a bye in the first round. Senior and 3rd-year returner Amaurion Ross summed up how most of the team felt about the postseason.
“We were bummed we didn’t get to play the first round and get the easy win,” he said. “It was still nice to get in the playoffs though.”
The regular season was a great time for the team too, beating Jack Britt for the first time in school history. They came back from a 12-8 deficit at halftime to win the game 14-16. Stellar performances from attackman Collin Finley, middie Will Terricciano, defender Jed Coon, and especially goalkeeper Dawson Petzel lead the Colts to their monumental victory.
Terry Sanford, Union Pines, and South Garner were all defeated twice by Cape Fear this season.
The wins came with their losses, though some hurt less than others. Pinecrest and Fuquay-Varina beat Cape Fear twice respectively, which was expected. They are 4A division schools and have had programs for decades.
The real loss this season is in the players that are graduating. Senior Hudson McFadyen helped form the team and was a 3-year captain. He finished the season with 27 goals and 20 assists.
His fellow captain and Homecoming King Bryce Davis lead the defense with unmatched athleticism and game-sense. Junior Jed Coon has big shoes to fill next year as he takes up the mantle of defensive captain.
Riley Peters and his partner-in-crime Amaurion Ross stepped up this year, filling their roles as middies with offensive and defensive prowess.
Will Terricciano switched from long-stick defense to short-stick midfield to be a face-off midfielder. He finished the season with a 51.5% success rate thanks to long-stick middie Shaan Naik and other midfielders.
All of the guys had a great time on the team this year. To say that losing the seniors is bittersweet would be an understatement.
“It was a bitter-sweet moment when I realized this would be my last high school lacrosse season. I’ll always cherish the many memories and victories I had with this team,” said Bryce Davis. He shares the same sentiment as many of the other seniors.
We look forward to what the lacrosse team can do in the coming years as the program continues to develop and gain popularity.