Northwest Guilford Vikings NCHSAA Lacrosse STATE CHAMPIONS!

The Northwest Guilford Vikings dedicated their season to their fallen teammate Chase Bunting and they went out to win the Lacrosse Title in honor of their deceased friend and that is exactly what they did……The Vikings have completed “The Chase for the Championship” and they have brought the Title back to Greensboro….

We heard Coach Mark Goldsmith say it on numerous occasions, the chase would not be finished until NWG had that title in hand and they could say a final word and a closing prayer for Chase Bunting…..Good Job Vikings, there is something to be said for setting a goal and then seeing that goal through…..How fitting that senior attackman Jay Goldsmith would lead the team in scoring with 7 goals and that Jay would be named the Championship Game MVP…..

A very happy ending to a great story, of a team dedication……

Northwest Guilford 13
East Chapel Hill 9


Submitted by Rick Strunk at the NCHSAA

CARY — Senior attackman Jay Goldsmith scored seven goals and had two assists to lead Northwest Guilford past East Chapel Hill 13-9 in the
North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s second annual state
men’s lacrosse championship Saturday afternoon at the WakeMed Soccer

Goldsmith, who has been one of Northwest’s leaders all year, was named the
championship Most Valuable Player. His scoring barrage gave him 64 goals for the

Northwest Guilford got off to a blistering start, spurting to a 7-0 lead
after one quarter while also stifling the high-powered East Chapel Hill
offense. The Wildcats had not scored fewer than 12 goals in any playoff
game this year and had scored 18 or more goals in eight of their
previous 20 games.

The Vikings had a 10-3 lead at the half and kept the Wildcats at bay.

Northwest finished with a 20-2 record and won its last 10 in a row, while
East Chapel Hill wound up at 18-3.

The Vikings had dedicated the season to the late Chase Bunting, an
outstanding defenseman and teammate who died in an accident in the
fall. Northwest had dubbed its quest for the title the “Chase for
the Championship,” and it made for an emotional state final.

In last year’s inaugural NCHSAA championship, Charlotte Myers Park defeated Apex
15-11 in the men’s title game. The lacrosse state championships are currently
conducted as an “open” tournament, with all classifications competing for a single


East Chapel Hill 0 3 2 4– 9
Northwest Guilford 7 3 2 0–13


  1. Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find…..The names I knew of going in were Captain Jay Goldsmith, Reid Baxter and Travis Price….

    Here is the full roster from the Northwest Guilford sports site…..

    1 Dre Baskerville G Sr. 6-2 245
    2 Connor Dillon G Jr. 5-9 238
    3 Ethan Tingler M So. 5-10 165
    4 Jacob Marrapese D Jr. 5-9 150
    5 Brian Ha M Jr. 5-11 145
    6 Brandon Safrit M Jr. 6-0 165
    7 Nolan Carper LSM, D Sr. 5-6 160
    8 Travis Price LSM, D Jr. 5-8 140
    9 Robert Lincks D, LSM So. 5-9 155
    10 Logan Lover M, A Jr. 6-2 210
    11 Jay Goldsmith (C) A, M Sr. 6-2 175
    13 Diego Rengel-parrish LSM, D Sr. 6-3 185
    14 Kyle Dorr A Jr. 5-11 190
    15 Reid Baxter M, DM So. 5-8 155
    17 Chase Bunting D So. 5-9 175
    19 Conner Burkett M Jr. 5-7 145
    20 John Pappas M Sr. 5-7 150
    21 Jon Duncan M, DM Jr. 5-6 140
    22 Hector Dejesus M Jr. 5-10 185
    23 Tammer Aboughalyoun M, DM Sr. 5-10 165
    24 Adam Griffin A Jr. 5-9 175
    25 Zach Leicht A So. 5-9 155
    31 Alex Mandarino M Jr. 5-10 160
    32 Zack Sprague D, LSM Sr. 5-11 165
    33 Parker Leonard M So. 6-3 170
    34 Dallas Joyce M, DM Sr. 5-10 150
    35 Seth Hendrix M Jr. 5-7 125

    When Coach Goldsmith won the lacrosse title while at Southeast Guilford, the VanHoever Brothers were part of the core of his top players…..

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