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Stanwick, Young Lead Auburn Lacrosse over Oak Mountain

Riley Duck | AHS Lacrosse
Opelika, AL – The 2nd ranked Auburn Tigers downed the No. 4 Oak Mountain Eagles 8-5 in Alabama varsity lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. In a game played at Moore Field in Opelika, Auburn relied on suffocating defense and just enough offense to outlast the visitors from Birmingham. Auburn’s win takes them to 3-0 in the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association varsity standings with eight games remaining in the regular season.
 
The loss drops Oak Mountain to 3-1.
 
Auburn senior goalie John Stanwick was outstanding on the day with 16 saves, while only giving up five goals. Stanwick received tremendous support from veteran Auburn defenders, including Keane Price, Beckett Chandler and Joey McGinty.
Senior middie Harrison Wade scored once for Auburn. Attacker Preston Cole scored two rapid-fire goals in the first half, but it was sophomore Graham Young who led all scorers, with five goals on the day, four of them unassisted.
 
Auburn head coach Ben Hunt said afterward, “We are really making strides defensively and that’s been the difference in games thus far. But, offensively, our ball security is not what it needs to be, and we will need to have better possessions and work to get a lot more shots on goal to have a chance to be a really good team”.
 
The Tigers return to action Saturday, February 27th, hosting the John Carroll Catholic Cavilers (0-2) at Moore Field in Opelika.  Oak Mountain welcomes Shelby County rival Thompson (0-3) to Herdmont Stadium Friday, March 5th.