The Cape Fear Academy Varsity Boys Lacrosse team secured their second consecutive NCISAA state championship with a 9-6 victory over Greensboro Day School on the turf field at CFA's Meehl Athletic Complex. Building on last year's title win, the Hurricanes solidified their status as a force in North Carolina lacrosse.
CFA ended the season on a high note, winning their last 11 games, including a decisive triumph over Greensboro Day. Coach Paul Gilbert credited the team's collective effort and seamless integration of new players, resulting in an abundance of offensive firepower.
The Hurricanes took an early lead and maintained a 5-3 advantage at halftime. Despite Greensboro Day's efforts to narrow the gap, CFA responded with crucial goals from Blake O'Keefe, Luis Gonzalez, and Noah Law, showcasing their well-rounded offense.
Junior Kyle McCarthy played a pivotal role, scoring four goals, including the game-clinching goal with 2 minutes and 18 seconds remaining. McCarthy's exceptional season saw him lead the team with 51 goals.
Goalie Kaleb Belle's outstanding performance, including nine crucial saves, played a vital role in securing the victory and maintaining the team's lead.
While bidding farewell to eight graduating seniors, the Hurricanes remain optimistic about the future, with three of their top four goal scorers returning for the next season, setting the stage for continued success.
Cape Fear Academy's back-to-back state titles and a 13-2 season record establish their position as a formidable team in North Carolina lacrosse. The team's achievements reflect their hard work, talent, and unwavering dedication to the sport.