A year after Orange and East Chapel Hill met in the 3A/2A/1A Eastern Regional Semifinals, the Panthers and the Wildcats met again on Wednesday night. This time, the Panthers convincingly defeated the Wildcats 14-11 at Dave Thaden Stadium. It was the first-time ever that the Panthers defeated the Wildcats in lacrosse. Orange sophomore Connor Kruse scored five goals and four assists as the Panthers improved to 2-0. Junior Jake Wimsatt had seven faceoff wins and added three goals and an assist. Orange Coach Chandler Zirkle, who played football and lacrosse at East Chapel Hill, savored the victory for his team. Josh Crabtree added three goals for Orange. The Panthers won’t get much of a break. On Friday night, they face Pinecrest at Auman Stadium in Hillsborough at 7 PM. Orange starts its Central/Mid Carolina Conference schedule on Tuesday against Western Alamance in Hillsborough.

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