By CHRIS GOLTERMANN, CowetaScore.com
Shutouts are rare in high school lacrosse, so even if it wasn't tested much, East Coweta was happy to earn one in a 17-0 victory over Pebblebrook on Friday prior to facing North Gwinnett on Saturday, again at Garland Shoemake Stadium.
The win over Pebblebrook allowed the Indians to even its Area 2-6A/7A record at 1-1 while coming off a tough 8-7 overtime loss last week at Wheeler after taking a 6-4 lead into the fourth quarter.
But on Friday, whether it was Devin McCarragher or junior Hunter Beckworth in net, East Coweta's defense had a less stressful outing against a Falcons team still in the infancy stage of their lacrosse program.
In its 10th varsity season, East Coweta scored at will led by senior Madison Duffessy's four goals and one assists, with the scoring tally coming at a steady pace of nearly one for every minute of the opening quarter.
Less than six minutes into the game, the Indians already had a comfortable 5-0 lead, with Duffessy netting a hat trick by the end of the opening period including one in a man-up situation.
Senior Bailey Brogan and junior Owen DeBole each added three goals and one assist.
Seven East Coweta goal scorers also included a pair from junior Christian Barnes and one each from Thomas McElwaney, David Neary and defenseman Gareth Ronfeldt.
Senior Nick Daliet had at least four assists, three of which came in the first quarter.
Also on Friday, the Lady Indians fell at Whitewater 9-5, despite a pair of goals from Caitlyn Moore. Adelyn Ryan, Rebecca Ghyzel and Anna Robbins also scored, while Katie Owens made eight saves in net.
Katie Morganroth, Summer Watson, Maura Ray and Ghyzel led the defensive effort.
East Coweta's JV girls, however, won its first game of the season by defeating Whitewater 11-6.
EAST COWETA SPLITS REGION 2-7A OPENERS WITH CAMPBELL
East Coweta's girls held off Campbell with a 1-0 win in Friday's Region 2-7A opener in Smyrna as the Lady Indians improved their overall record to 6-1-1 this season..
The nightcap, however, saw Campbell's boys get the better of the Indians in a 4-1 victory that dropped their overall record to 4-3-2.
Complete details were unavailable.
Trinity Christian earned a victory over Sandy Creek on Friday while led by low medalist Adam Aycock.