Both JV and U15 Cody Warriors club lacrosse teams finished their seasons on a high note, winning close games in recent weeks.
The JV team finished its season especially strong, winning four of the last five games.
“We progressed a lot over the course of the season,” coach Scott Vaughn said. “A lot of young players stepped up into leadership roles.”
One of these important youths was freshman Maddox Growney. Growney scored five goals, including the game winner, in a 12-11 overtime thriller May 4 over Helena JV. He led the team with 11 goals on the season.
“He really stepped up for us,” Vaughn said.
Cody Champlin also pitched in five goals for the win, while Vaughn said Beau Baxter was critical in goal.
“Baxter did a phenomenal job,” he said.
Cody finished off that day with a 17-3 loss to the host Billings Bandits, the top JV team in the Montana High School Lacrosse Association.
The Warriors had their best weekend of the season April 20 when the team swept Bozeman White 1-0 and 7-4.
In the second game, Cody was able to break a 2-2 tie and take a 4-2 goal into halftime. From there the Warriors held tough behind three Colton Manchester goals and a 20-save performance from Baxter.
Vaughn said Duncan Radokovich and Nathan Power were also important contributors. Power was a force on face-offs, winning about 90 percent he took.
There is no state tournament for JV lacrosse in Wyoming or Montana so the Billings split signaled the end to the JV season.
The U15 team got its last win of the season May 18 in a 8-7 overtime victory over Billings.
While they only one three of 14 games the Warriors usually suited up 8-9 fewer players than their opponents. The Billings win was no different, making it especially satisfying, coach Josh Spinney said.
In that win, Beau Burlingame scored five goals, including the game winner. Dylan Campbell also added three and tied the score at 7-7 with less than five seconds left in regulation on a deep shot from midfield to send the game to OT.
“I just kept telling them, ‘you got to finish, you got to finish,’” Spinney said. “Everyone was so pumped up after that game.”
Cody closed its season in Great Falls, Mont., last weekend with a 13-3 loss to Helena and 12-8 defeat to Great Falls.
Burlingame had five goals and Quincy Kleinman had two goals.