On April 18, Apex’s own CougarTV displayed its first live broadcast of a lacrosse game between Leesville Road and the Cougars. While a few technical difficulties delayed the show shortly, it was back on air before anyone could fret. Commentating the landmark event were Apex seniors Liam Fulling and Jon Harden. With guest speaker Mike Bagnasco, the woman’s lacrosse coach, the program offered insight that would otherwise go unheard. John Mitchell, executive of CougarTV, and Principal Dr. Kearney had a vibrant bit of banter for the first ever halftime show. Viewers were a small part of history that day, not just because they were able to watch senior Alex McClure flaunt his gold cleats up and down the field but because they were present for the first of expectantly many CougarTV sports broadcasts.
The action on the field was not exactly what Cougar fans have been accustomed to. While the game concluded with another Apex win, it did not come without bumps along the way. Goalie Andrew Mason suffered from flu-like symptoms before the contest yet was able to play after a game-time decision. Merely minutes into the action, the Cougars feared they were down another man when senior Connor Monroe had to be pulled with an injury, yet minutes later he was back on the field without much concern going forward.
Freshman Christian Cechini, who recently committed to Penn State University, paved the way for Apex, leading the team with two goals and three total points. Fellow freshman Preston Lalicker contributed a goal as well, and the young duo are predicted to make Apex’s historically elite lacrosse program proud, leading the Cougars to many more playoff runs down the line. McClure and his gleaming cleats led the team with two assists and scored a goal as well while seniors John Lemoine, Tommy Deluca, and Jack Hayden added two points each. The game was knotted at six before Apex took over in the fourth quarter, scoring three unanswered. The Cougars’ continued success is imminent, and hopefully CougarTV will be right along with it capturing every moment.