East Chapel Hill thrives, advances in state boys' lacrosse playoffs
It only seemed like East Chapel Hill attacker Ian Levin was in front of the New Hanover net as much as the visiting goalie.
The 6-0, 190-pound junior scored five goals and had three assists, enough to beat New Hanover single-handedly. But he had plenty of help as East Chapel Hill moved into the second round of the state lacrosse championships Friday night with a 15-4 win.
East Chapel Hill will play at home Tuesday.
“Any time you get five goals and three assists it’s definitely a good game,” Levin said.
“My stats aren’t too important. I just want to play (and) win a state championship,” he said.
But East Chapel Hill coach Austin Bridges likes those stats.
“Ian has 41 goals and 33 assists so far on the season, and I didn’t add in tonight’s numbers,” Bridges said. “And it’s simply because he has the talent for finding these gaps and being able to get in close with these 5-yard shots.”
“We were pretty jazzed. I mean everybody’s a little nervous, the start of a new season, the second season. This is what counts, you know. We played well all season to get here and we want to finish strong this year,” Levin said.
The final score showed blowout, but the game was more dramatic than that. East Chapel Hill had an uneasy 5-2 lead at halftime.
“We knew that they were a very aggressive team, a very athletic team, and we were going to have to raise our level of play because we’re technically talented but we have a little difficulty matching feet sometimes,” Bridges said.
New Hanover “had a great, outstanding effort in the beginning in matching bodies and running us down the field and that kind of thing. But we kind of made some adjustments to combat that and move the ball a little bit better and things turned around for us,” Bridges said.
New Hanover’s Ken Jarrett tormented the host team from start to finish, scoring three of his team’s four goals and putting on an incredible display. The junior attacker has been named an elite all-star by the national Blue Chip 225 organization.
“He’s an outstanding talent, quick as lightning. We were having issues trying to lock him off,” Bridges said.
That included one score that got the crowd buzzing. Jarrett was near the East Chapel Hill goal, with his back facing the net. He drew back his stick as if he were going to pass the ball back downfield but flipped it over his shoulder for the score.
“It was great. I don’t think I’ve seen that shot too many times in my life,” Bridges said. “It definitely caught our goalie off guard on that. It was a beautiful shot.”
But not much else got by freshman goalie Vance Perkins, who came up big with a stingy stick.
“Vance Perkins is an amazing guy,” Bridges said. “He has absolutely this season just stepped up and taken control. From the beginning of the year to the end of the season his discipline and control have been just tremendous.”
Senior midfielder Ryan Dotson “had five or six shots and he had two goals, and he’s a tremendous talent,” Bridges said.
“But their goalie was very quick, his feet were very quick, so we had to try to get it inside and that’s where (senior attacker) Baxter (Perkins) and Ian capitalize. And Baxter plays hockey so he’s comfortable in these scrums inside,” Bridges said. Perkins, the goalie’s brother, had three goals and two assists.
Senior attacker Riley Reid “didn’t have a lot of goals tonight but his ability to keep the offense running and be able to move the ball gives guys like Baxter and Ian the opportunity to score. He’s one of the unsung heroes,” Bridges said. Reid had one goal and two assists.
NOTES — In other area first-round NCHSAA lacrosse playoff action Friday night, Riverside beat New Bern 16-11 to set up a likely road meeting Tuesday at East Chapel Hill and Broughton beat Cedar Ridge 18-9. ... Holly Springs eliminated Jordan and no result was available in time for today’s paper on the Chapel Hill-Millbrook game.
East Chapel Hill 14, New Hanover 5
New Hanover 2 0 1 2 — 5
East Chapel Hill 2 3 3 6 — 14
10:48 Kenny Jarett (NH)
7:21 Chris Cox (ECH), assist Riley Reid
6:09 Ian Levin (ECH), assist Baxter Perkins
1:08 Kenny Jarett (NH)
7:54 Baxter Perkins (ECH)
5:48 Ian Levin (ECH)
1:00 Riley Reid (ECH)
8:23 Ian Levin (ECH)
7:25 Hartford Zirkle (ECH), assist Ian Levin
3:07 Kenny Jarett (NH)
2:11 Ian Levin (ECH), assist Ellis Llewellyn
11:15 Josh Adams (NH)
10:06 Drew Monroe (ECH), assist Riley Reid
9:05 Ian Levin (ECH), assist Baxter Perkins
8:19 Baxter Perkins (ECH), assist Ian Levin
7:23 Ryan Dotson (ECH), assist Ian Levin
5:09 Baxter Perkins (ECH)
4:39 John Evans (NH)
:04 Ryan Dotson (ECH)
Records — New Hanover 7-8; East Chapel Hill 14-2.