For the first time in the 13-year history of the program, the Orange men’s lacrosse team is going to the state quarterfinals. In a wild finish in front of an emotional crowd at Auman Stadium on Wednesday night, the Panthers defeated Northwood 10-9. Orange senior Caleb Davis finished with three goals and two assists. Davis’ classmate, Ryan Merrill, also had three goals and two assists. Just nine days prior to Wednesday’s game, Northwood walloped Orange 17-6 in Pittsboro. Chase Hawkins, the Orange goalkeeper, earned the win in net. It was only his second start of the season. Hawkins had seemingly hung up his lacrosse jersey to focus on his post-Orange professional life, but was talked into playing the postseason by Orange Coach Chandler Zirkle. Hawkins earned his second career postseason win. Orange will host East Chapel Hill in the 3A/2A/1A quarterfinals on Monday night at Auman Stadium.

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