Boys lacrosse: Wheaton Academy starts fast in sectional win over Benet

Top-seeded Wheaton Academy set the tone with early goals Saturday in the Cary-Grove boys lacrosse sectional championship game, building a 6-1 lead over No. 2 seed Benet Academy after one quarter.

That lightning quick start propelled the Warriors to an 18-5 win.

Wheaton Academy (15-5) advances to the Hoffman Estates supersectional to play Glenbard West at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Hilltoppers won the Barrington sectional Friday defeating the hosts 9-7.

"We were really focused mentally and ready to play," said Warriors coach Geof Weisenborn. "We knew Benet would be a physical and disciplined team. They are a well coached team. We matched their physicality."

The Warriors’ potent offensive attack was led by Grant Adams who scored 6 goals with 3 assists.

"It was all because of my teammates," said Adams. "They gave me some great feeds and put me in great position to score. We came out with a bunch of energy. This is an amazing win. Coach (Weisenborn) really had us ready to play. We were focused. We want to keep going and win state."

Weisenborn was impressed with Adams' performance.

"We have a lot of talented offensive players and Grant is certainly one of them," said Weisenborn. "He had a great game.“

Adams got a plenty help from his teammates.

Charlie Foley and Jake Miller tallied 3 goals apiece while Cooper Miller and Jeff Yaros scored 2 each.

The Warriors peppered Benet goalie Zach Gorman with 30 shots on goals. Gorman made 12 saves.

Wheaton Academy goalkeeper John Carrington made 11 saves.

Mike Frieri and Tommy Bartenhagen led the Redwings (13-7) with 2 goals each. Tom Tierney added a goal.

"We had a lot of injuries to our defensive players this year but these kids never quit," said Benet coach Richard Moran. “This is a very resilient group. We were second in the tough ESCC (East Suburban Catholic).

"They (Wheaton Academy) can win state. They are a well coached and well disciplined team."

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