Boys’ lacrosse finishes 2019 season


Senior Clayton Joyner has possession of the ball. Joyner has been a key player in Northwest’s offense this season.

After a strong finish to the season with an overall record of 13 wins and five losses, the Vikings fell to Myers Park on May 7.

“They were fast, really fast,” senior David Cooke said. “They had really good ball movement and a sound defense.”

However, the Vikings matched Myers Park with tough defense. Senior goalie Tyler Holland had 18 saves, keeping the game close the entire time. The team had a total of 14 takeaways, which played a crucial role in getting in offense.

Offensive leaders included senior Landon Clary with 12 ground balls and one goal, senior Gavin Turnmire with six ground balls and 14 face-offs won and junior Robbie Boulton scoring two goals. Senior Aaron Clayton, juniors Joseph Norris, Blake Lett and Zach Williamson all scored one goal each.

“(We) did well moving the ball and running our plays,” Cooke said.

The seniors have shown tremendous leadership this season, especially by senior captains Wyatt Coon, Cooke, Clary and Holland. Other seniors, like Clayton Joyner, have been influential on and off the field this season. Joyner has been a leader as the student body president, in addition to his role on the lacrosse team. Coon has worked alongside Joyner as student body vice president this year.

In response to what impact he thinks he has left on the team, Joyner replied that he “left behind (his) intensity and a culture of having fun while also giving your full effort.”

For the sixteen seniors on the team, playing Myers Park was their last high school lacrosse game. Reflecting on the years they have been playing lacrosse, Cooke and Joyner thank their parents for the unconditional support.

“I would like to thank my parents, girlfriend and my friends for making this year what it was,” senior Josh Toler said. “It wouldn’t be the same without them.”