Dunwoody’s Zach Rosing works free from a North Paulding defender during first half action of the Wildcats home playoff loss. (Photo by Mark Brock)

An historic first home playoff game for the Dunwoody Wildcats lacrosse team did not go as planned as North Paulding ran away to a 12-3 Class 6A-7A victory at North DeKalb Stadium on Wednesday.

Riley Cole scored four goals to lead the charge for North Paulding (7-9) including one of two goals by his team in the final 37 seconds of the first quarter to take a 4-1 advantage into the second period. Carson Bregitzer scored the Wildcats (9-5) only goal of the first quarter.

Connor Brogdon pulled Dunwoody within 5-2 with a second period (4:22) goal on an assist from Sean Fox. North Paulding answered quickly as Cole got a one-on-one at the goal to make it 6-2. Kyle Light scored the first of his two goals of the night with 1:37 left in the half to make it 7-2.

Cole and Light would each score one of the three goals for North Paulding in the third quarter as the lead grew to 10-2 with Light scoring in the final second of the period. Cole opened the fourth quarter with a goal in less than a minute of playing time as North Paulding continued its march to the 12-3 win.

Coach Montez Swinney’s Lady Wildcats (8-8) also reached the Class 6A-7A state playoffs for the second consecutive season as a 5-4 win over Norcross sealed the playoff berth.

The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats ended their season in the first round of the state playoffs for the second consecutive season as well with a 17-0 road loss to Kennesaw Mountain (13-6).

Wednesday, May 2
North Paulding (7-9) 12, Dunwoody (9-5) 3

Thursday, May 3
Kennesaw Mountain (13-6) 17, Dunwoody (8-8) 0