BY GENE NARDI
The Wellington High School boys lacrosse team played West Boca High School on Thursday, March 19 and fell to the Bulls 15-13.
The Wolverines had a brief 2-1 lead just before the end of the first period, but the Bulls tied it at the whistle.
In the second quarter, Wellington struggled on both sides of the ball, and the Bulls went on a five-goal run to end the first half 7-3.
The Wolverines found themselves down 12-6 by the end of the third period, but found new life and rallied back in the fourth. Wellington’s defense tightened up play, and the offense scored five unanswered goals on the Bulls to chip away at the West Boca lead, cutting it to 12-8.
The Wolverines closed the gap with a pair of goals from Ryan Blum and Logan Rogers to bring the score to 12-10. The teams continued battling, exchanging possession and combining for six more goals late in the fourth quarter, with Blum scoring for Wellington at the final whistle to make the final 15-13.
The Wolverines outscored the Bulls 7-3 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the early deficit that haunted them in the second half.
Blum tallied an impressive six goals. Rogers is credited with a hat trick and one assist. Attacker Patrick Oporto recorded two goals and an assist. Felipe Caro and Hunter Baron each had a goal. Nester Abad is credited with an assist.
Wellington is 3-10 on the season and played games against Vero Beach and South Fork this week, but results were not available at press time.
ABOVE: Wellington midfielder Hunter Baron tries to get around a defender.