Lions first playoff winner for county public schools

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

SUWANEE -- History was made Wednesday at Peachtree Ridge as the Lions became the first public school in Gwinnett County to win a lacrosse playoff game, staving off a late rally against Roswell to win 14-8.

The Lions (15-4) jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead and led 10-3 prior to Roswell's run in the fourth quarter.

However, two goals by Tanner Botts and one by Cory Hall put the nail in the coffin.

"This is big for not only our program, but for all public schools in Gwinnett County," Peachtree Ridge head coach Bob Basher said. "Last year we came close only to lose in overtime. I'm glad we got this win and are moving on."

After Roswell's Ryan Monty scored with 3:10 to go in the first period to bring his team to within 3-2, the Hornets went the next 20:46 with no goals. Included in that time were three straight point-blank shots turned away by Lions' goalie Greg Rose.

From there, Peachtree Ridge took over as Michael Ruffcorn netted two goals, while Jacob Lee and Hall each had one, putting the Lions up 7-2.

The third period was the Tanner Botts show as he scored three goals in less than three minutes, the last giving the Lions a 10-3 advantage.

Roswell started its comeback with two goals to end the third, then added two more goals through the halfway point in the fourth to pull within 11-7.

Then the Lions closed out the game with three quick goals to advance to the second round.

"Roswell is a great team and I knew they were going to give everything they had for the entire game," Basher said. "Our guys finished the game great. It's that type of play that we need to continue to succeed in the playoffs."

Botts ended the game with four goals, while Hall and Steven Lee added three goals apiece. Rose had nine saves in goal.

Peachtree Ridge now faces the winner of Walton and Hillgrove on Saturday.