Defense Leads Wildcats Past Tigers in a Dominating 11-2 Win

Chapel Hill, NC — In a game often dominated by offensive statistics, it was the East defense that completely shut down the visiting Chapel Hill Tigers in a 11-2 win over their cross town rivals.

Led by seniors Dylan Shaw (#13, 4 takeaways, 5 groundballs), Will McEntee (#77 4 takeaways, 3 groundballs), junior Daniel Wittekind (#18, 1 takeaway, 4 groundballs), sophomore Ellis Llewellyn (#6, 1 takeaway, 4 groundballs), and freshmen goalie Vance Perkins (#7, 11 saves) the defensive unit held the Tigers to just 13 shots on goal. Also contibuting to its stellar performance were defensive midfielders senior Luke Arlotto (#1, 1 groundball), junior Collin MacClennan (#21, 3 groundballs), junior Kelly Scroggs (#33), and sophomore Adam Bussian (#8).

Both teams traded possessions early when East, now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Conference V, struck first. The Cats took an early lead when senior Baxter Perkins (#22, 3 goals) received a quick pass from junior Ian Levin (#11, 2 goals, 3 assists) as he was cutting to the goal. Perkins rattled off the next two goals unassisted, while seniors Ryan Dotson (#23, 3 goals, 1 assist), Riley Reid (#15, 2 goals, 1 assist), and junior Hartford Zirkle (#10, 1 goal) contributed to the scoring effort, enabling the Wildcats to take a 7-2 lead at the half.

The Wildcats continued it assault in the second half with four straight unanswered goals led by Dotson, Reid, and Levin. The Wildcats finished with a 23-20 edge in shots and a 10-5 advantage in takeaways while the Tigers won 9 of 14 faceoffs.

Levin led all scorers with five points followed by Dotson (4 points), Perkins and Reid (3 points each), and Zirkle (1 point).

The Wildcats meet the Carrboro Jaguars (1-5) for the first time this season on Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm (JV at 5pm) in Wildcat Stadium.

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