WOODSTOCK -- Etowah scored 10 straight goals to advance to the Class 6A/7A state quarterfinals with a 12-6 win over South Forsyth on Tuesday.
The Eagles (18-1), who set a program record for wins in a season with the victory, gave up a goal less than 3 minutes into the game to fall behind for just the fourth time this season, but they scored the game’s next 10 goals before the War Eagles (14-6) got back on the board in the third quarter.
Etowah will host Walton on Saturday for a spot in the semifinals.
“That was unfamiliar territory,” Etowah coach Mike Cintineo said. “The positive is lacrosse is a funny game of runs. We tried to keep positive vibes. We wanted to keep playing our style, and (Tuesday), it worked out for a win.”
Carson Reeder scored 2 minutes after South Forsyth's goal to tie the score before the Eagles started breaking out in spurts. Lincoln Beaham scored twice, and Donovan Harike added a goal in the final 3:09 of the first quarter to put Etowah up 4-1.
Zack Charitat added a goal less than a minute into the second and, after an 8-minute lull, he scored again. Jackson Muoio scored and Justin Sherrer found the back of the net twice in the final 2:47 to put the Eagles up 9-1 at the half.
Beaham and Charitat each finished with three goals and an assist, while Muoio had a goal and five assists.
“What we’ve been doing all season is jump teams,” Cintineo said. “With our speed, I feel like a lot of teams aren’t really ready for our athleticism. It’s hard to maintain for 48 minutes. We had a little bit of a buffer, though, so we could persevere with just a few goals in the second half.”
South Forsyth took advantage of any fatigue in the third quarter.
Etowah pushed its lead to 10-1, but the War Eagles scored the final four goals of the quarter to cut their deficit to 10-5. Another goal to open the fourth quarter got the game to 10-6 with 8:30 to play, but Charitat and Sam Nash each scored to ice the game.
“It shows we’re in shape,” Cintineo said. We weathered the storm and finished strong. We’re ready for the next round, and we’ll take on whoever we have to.”