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Wake Forest notches first win over Heritage

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WAKE FOREST — For the first time in school history, Wake Forest’s girls lacrosse team defeated rival Heritage 12-7 at home Tuesday.

The Cougars jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held the advantage from there. Wake Forest was ahead 5-2 at halftime and then poured on seven more goals in the second half to come away with the victory.

Wake Forest head coach Ivan Braszo said the win was a big one for the program. The Cougars haven’t beaten the Huskies since they first started the varsity team back in 2014.

“This win is another step in the right direction,” Braszo said. “We feel like we’ve been headed that way. We just want to continue to grow, work hard and get better.”

Five different players scored a goal for Wake Forest in the first half. The spread out and balanced attack on offense helped the Cougars stay ahead.

Even when Heritage got to within two goals at 6-4, Wake Forest broke off a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 11-4. The Cougars kept sending the ball into the back of the net to pull away.

“Our girls have talent,” Braszo said. “The game went back and forth. Momentum happens. We have a long way to go. We have to finish the game out and not let the opponent come back.”

The player of the game for Wake Forest was Daisy Colvin. The junior scored five goals, with four of them coming in the second half.

“Daisy is a talented player,” Braszo said. “We were able to get her in the right spot tonight. She found some moves that worked against Heritage’s goalie in the second half.”

For Heritage, they couldn’t keep up with Wake Forest’s scoring. First-year head coach Vanessa Southworth said her girls didn’t do a great job of taking care of the ball.

“Tonight was just about working as a team and making sure our energy was 100 percent at the beginning,” Southworth said. “Unfortunately, I think we came out a little flat and we had to play from behind. We have to make the most out of every possession.”

Heritage was defeated despite the play of Sydney Garff. The senior scored three goals and dished out two assists.

“Sydney is a senior leader on this team,” Southworth said. “She is always in the right spot to help her teammates. We rely on her a lot. There are a lot of assets on our team.”

With the loss, Heritage dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in NAC 6 conference play. The Huskies have lost five in a row since they opened the season with a 7-5 win at Millbrook on Feb. 28.

“We need to take care of the ball,” Southworth said. “A lot of Wake Forest’s goals were scored on transition. We need to work on our attack.”

As for Wake Forest, the win put them at 2-1 overall and the Cougars are still undefeated at home at 2-0. Even though they won the game against Heritage by five goals, Braszo said there’s still plenty of things the girls can work on moving forward.

“We have to get consistent,” Braszo said. “We have to do a better job of understanding when to press the issue and when to bring it back. We didn’t do a good job of possessing the ball, which is a big part of lacrosse.”

Wake Forest will play at Fuquay-Varina tonight at 6:30. Heritage will have a rematch with Wake Forest at home March 22.