The Orange Panthers lacrosse team are the 3A/2A/1A Eastern Regional champions. On Monday night, the Panthers got six goals from Grey Crabtree to defeat Croatan 14-9 in front of a raucous crowd at Auman Stadium. In his final game in Hillsborough, senior Connor Kruse racked up six assists, including four in the third quarter. Sophomore Matthew Macneir earned 14 faceoff wins in a rugged, physical game there the Panthers took control early in the second quarter with four consecutive goals. Kruse started the run when he found Brandon Williams on the doorstep with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter. Macneir went against several Croatan faceoff men throughout the night, but maintained possession thanks to midfield wingers Alden Cathey and Josh Crabtree. Kruse now has 209 this season, setting a new single-season school record. It was an emotional night for Kruse and his senior teammates, who played its final game in Hillsborough. But it wasn’t their last game in an Orange uniform. The Panthers will face either Lake Norman Charter or Bishop McGuinness for the 3A/2A/1A State Championship at Durham County Stadium on either Friday or Saturday. Orange will be just the second team from Hillsborough to play for a state championship in lacrosse. The 2017 Cedar Ridge Red Wolves won the 3A/2A/1A Eastern Regional Championship.

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