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2015 Wells Fargo Cup Winner

Apex HS Athletics is the winner of the 2014-2015 Wells Fargo Cup as the top athletics high school in North Carolina. Congratulations to Athletic Director Del Phillips and all of the coaches, players and supporters of all of our athletic teams! This is truly a school-wide team effort!

Apex Lacrosse by the Numbers

Apex has played in 6 of the past 11 State Championship games, winning in 2005, 2013 and 2015.
Apex has played in 9 of the past 12 Final Fours.
The Cougars all time record in playoff games is 34-10.
The Cougars have had 9 players earn All American Honors over the years including Colby Lalicker in 2014.


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Apex Alumni

The following Apex Lacrosse Alumni are currently playing in college. Good luck this spring guys!

  • Drew Kearns ('08) Army- Defense
  • Gage Mason ('10) Catawba- Defense
  • Bryce Sneed ('10) Wingate- Midfield
  • Alex VanderHoff ('10) Greensboro- Attack
  • Tyler Rogers ('12) Queens-Defense
  • Luke Sieber ('13) Lynchburg- Attack
  • Ryan Sullivan ('13) Nassau Community College - Midfield
  • Derek Sweet ('13) Robert Morris- Attack

The following Apex alumni have played in division I, II, or III college programs:

  • Patrick Faulhaber (2005) Pfeiffer
  • Thomas Ottman (2005) Belmont Abbey College
  • Matt Holzworth (2005) Belmont Abbey College
  • Nick Patrone (2006) Greensboro College
  • Jim Nordt (2007) Mount Olive College
  • B.J. Leighton (2007) Queens University
  • Parker Wilson (2008) Sacred Heart University
  • Drew Kearns (2008) Army
  • Ross Whitehead (2010) Virginia Military Institute
  • Andrew Feranec (2010) Wingate University
  • Bryce Sneed (2010) Wingate University
  • Gage Mason (2010) Catawba College
  • Alex VanderHoff (2010) Greensboro College
  • Jonny Avedesian (2011) Belmont Abbey College
  • Emil Weiss (2011) Michigan
Varsity Schedule

Varsity Schedule - 2015

Date Opponent
Location
Time
Monday, February 23 Durham Academy (scrimmage)
Home
3:30
Tuesday, February 25 Cardinal Gibbons
Away
4:15
Tuesday, March 3 Athens Drive
Away
6:30
Thursday, March 5 Holly Springs
Home
6:30
Friday, March 6 Fuquay-Varina
Home
6:00
Tuesday, March 10 Panther Creek
Away
6:30
Friday, March 13 Cary
Home
6:30
Tuesday, March 17 Green Hope
Away
6:30
Friday, March 20 Pincrest
Home
6:30
Saturday, March 28 Charlotte Catholic
Neutral Site
5:30
Tuesday, March 31 Middle Creek
Away
6:30
Thursday, April 2 Athen Drive
Home
6:30
Tuesday, April 7 Fuquay-Varina
Away
6:00
Friday, April 10 Panther Creek
Home
6:30
Tuesday, April 14 Cary
Away
6:30
Friday, April 17 Green Hope (Senior Night)
Home
6:30
Tuesday, April 21 Pinecrest
Away
6:30
Friday, April 24 Holly Springs
Away
6:30
Friday, May 1 Middle Creek (Youth Lacrosse Night)
2005 Champioship Reunion
Home
6:30
Wednesday, May 6 Playoffs 1st Round
TBD
Friday, May 8 Playoffs 2nd Round
TBD
Tuesday, May 12 Playoffs 3rd Round
TBD
Friday, May 15 Playoffs 4th Round
TBD
Tuesday, May 19 Regional Finals
TBD
 
Friday, May 22 State Championship
Wake Med Park
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Varsity Roster

Varsity Roster - 2015

Name
#
Position
Year
Bartone, Ryan
13
Defense
12
Bender, Will
34
Goalie
11
Besser, Chandler
4
Attack
12
Campbell, Ryan
10
Midfield
11
DeLuca, Tommy
19
Defense
11
Farrell, Brendan
40
Attack
12
Freeman, Justin
20
Midfield
10
Freer, Brandon
33
Midfield
12
Greco, Nick
7
Midfield
12
Hatch, Cameron
9
Attack
12
Hayden, Jack
3
Attack
11
Jones, Tyler
16
Midfield
11
Lemoine, John
35
Midfield
11
Mason, Andrew
24
Goalie
11
McClure, Alex
12
Attack
11
McCluskey, Bryce
31
Defense
12
Monroe, Connor
22
Defense
11
Moore, Allen
14
Midfield
12
Murphy, Billy
5
Midfield
12
Orlowski, Patrick
26
Defense
11
Passio, Kyle
11
Attack
11
Sasser, Patrick
27
Goalie
10
Seaman, Trevor
2
Attack
12
Seaver, Sean
17
Defense
11
Straub, Alex
21
Defense
12
JV Schedule

JV Schedule - 2015

Date Opponent
Location
Time
Tuesday, March 3 Athens Drive
Away
4:30 PM
Thursday, March 5 Holly Springs
Home
4:30 PM
Tuesday, March 10 Panther Creek
Away
4:30 PM
Friday, March 13 Cary
Home
4:30 PM
Tuesday, March 17 Green Hope
Away
4:30 PM
Tuesday, March 31 Middle Creek
Away
4:30 PM
Wednesday, April 1 Athens Drive
Away
6:30 PM
Friday, April 10 Panther Creek
Home
4:30 PM
Tuesday, April 14 Cary
Away
4:30 PM
Friday, April 17 Green Hope
Home
4:30 PM
Friday, April 24 Holly Springs
Away
4:30 PM
Friday, May 1 Middle Creek
Home
4:30 PM

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JV Roster

JV Roster - 2015

Name
#
Position
Anderson, Michael
5
Defense
Baffoni, Nick
7
Long Stick Midfield
Baker, Alex
23
Midfield
Bartone, Tyler
14
Midfield
Bloch, Josh
16
Goalie/Defense
Ciociola, Jon
2
Midfield
Daniel, Ben
32
Midfield
Diaz, Julian
24
Attack
Drake, Alex
6
Midfield
Epstein, Justin
20
Attack
Greco, Anthony
22
Midfield
Heavner, Jon
8
Midfield
Housley, Joseph
30
Defense
Johnson, Sam
17
Midfield
Kanters, Sean
11
Defense
Knapp, Jagger
10
Midfield
Lehner, Noah
4
Midfield
Partridge, Drew
13
Midfield
Queen, Asher
15
Midfield
Throndsen, Erik
28
Defense
Tigrath, Brian
25
Midfield
Tyburski, Max
12
Defense
Vaughn, Hunter
19
Attack
Wishart, Dax
9
Defense
Wohlford, Dylan
29
Midfield
Young-Smith, Bakari
35
Midfield
Coaches

John Hayden

In 2001 Coach Hayden founded the Apex Lacrosse club to create more opportunities for students from the area to participate in athletics. The following year (2002) the team played its first Varsity season. In 2003, Apex made the playoffs for the first time. Apex has appeared in 9 of the last 12 final fours and 6 of the last 11 State Championship games, winning titles in 2005, 2013 and 2015. To date, seven Apex players have earned All America honors and 34 have been selected All State. Coach Hayden is an alumnus of Farmingdale HS on Long Island where his 1983 team won the Nassau County Championship and Hayden earned All Nassau County Honors as a Defenseman. Hayden also played Division I Lacrosse at Rutgers University and participated in the NCAA playoffs two times while playing "On the Banks". Coach Hayden is the Dean of Student Services at Apex High School.

Ed Moore

Ed Moore founded the Apex Lacrosse program in 2001 with Coach Hayden. Coach Moore is currently the Head JV Coach for the Cougars. He has served in many capacities for the Cougars over the years. Year in and year out Coach Moore sets an important foundation with the younger players in the Apex program and is one of those responsible for the quality players entering the Varsity system each year. Coach Moore is a graduate of Calvert Hall HS in Maryland and currently serves as a Captain in the Cary Fire Department.

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings joined the Apex staff in 2015. Ryan began his collegiate career at Johns Hopkins University and then transferred to Syracuse University. A three year starter at defensive midfield, Ryan was a member of the 1995 National Championship team and member of the Orange's 1996 and 1997 Final Four teams.  In 1999, Ryan served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of North Carolina while pursuing a M.Ed. in School Counseling. Ryan has additional coaching experience as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, NY) and Panther Creek High School. He also served as head coach at Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC. Ryan is currently the Dean of Student Services at Panther Creek High School in Cary, NC.  Ryan resides in Raleigh, NC, and is married to his wife Lisa.

Chip Thurston

Chip Thurston joined the Apex coaching staff in 2002. Coach Thurston was our first JV coach and moved to his position as Assistant Varsity Coach in 2006. Coach Thurston has been one of the anchors of the Apex Lacrosse Program over the years. He is currently doing double duty as he serves as Head Coach of the NC State Lacrosse Program. Coach Thurston played Lacrosse and Football at Irondequoit HS in Rochester, New York and is a graduate of Geneseo University in New York.

Gene Vigue

Gene Vigue joined the Apex coaching staff in 2011 and currently serves as an Assistant Varsity Coach responsible for the offense. Coach Vigue is also responsible for working with the Apex goalies. He spent his first 3 years on the coaching staff working primarily with the JV team. He has been involved with youth lacrosse in the Apex area since 2007 and has coached many players that have come to Apex High School. Coach Vigue is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University where he played varsity football for 4 years and was a member of the lacrosse program.

Forrest Moog

Forrest is in his second year with the Apex staff. A 2007 graduate of Apex HS and 2011 graduate of NC State, Forrest was a rare four sport athlete in HS. He was the kicker in football, point guard in basketball, soccer standout and star attackman in lacrosse. Forrest played as a sophomore in our first State Championship in 2005. He is ranked #7 on the Apex Lacrosse All Time Scoring list. Forrest was also a State Champion for the Apex Soccer team while leading the basketball team to two Conference titles. Forrest is currently an Assistant Coach for the Apex Basketball team, helps with the kickers for the Apex Football team and works at AHS in the PE Department. Forrest will primarily be working with our JV Lacrosse team as Offensive Coordinator.

Bryce Sneed

Bryce is a 2010 graduate of Apex HS and was a standout Lacrosse and Football player in high school. Bryce was Team Captain in Lacrosse in 2010 and played in State Championship games in 2008 and 2010 (we lost both unfortunately). Bryce went on to have a stellar career at Wingate University. He was their Team Captain in 2014 and was one of the top faceoff men in D2 his Junior and Senior seasons. Bryce was also named All Conference his Senior year at Wingate. Bryce is a great addition to the coaching staff and continues an Apex tradition of our graduates coming home and giving back to the program.

Career Leaders

Goals

NamePosition
Class
Total
Sieber, Luke Attack/Midfield
2013
166
Sweet Derek Attack
2013
136
Farrell, Brendan Attack
2015
134
Kirkland, BrandonAttack
2004
118
Fleischhauer, EricAttack
2004
113
Tomlinson, JoshAttack
2007
113
Patrone, NickMidfield
2006
107
Hayden, Jack Attack
2016
103
Daum, Mike Midfield
2014
72
Lalicker, Colby Midfield
2014
69
Besser, Chandler Attack
2015
69
Nugent, JoeMidfield
2008
68
Leighton, B.J.Midfield
2007
67
Pittelli, MichaelAttack
2011
67
Tomlinson, NateAttack/Midfield
2005
65
Whitehead, RossAttack
2010
60
Moog, ForrestAttack
2007
59
Barrs, TaylorAttack/Midfield
2012
57
Holzworth, MattAttack/Midfield
2005
55
Gregory, ThomasAttack
2008
55
VanderHoff, AlexAttack
2010
53
Bergland, AndrewMidfield
2005
52
Nee, ShawnAttack
2004
49
Avedesian, JonnyAttack
2011
48

Assists

NamePosition
Class
Total
Sweet, DerekAttack
2013
155
Sieber, Luke Attack/Midfield
2013
78
Besser, Chandler Attack
2015
77
Hayden, Jack Attack
2016
76
Kirkland, BrandonAttack
2004
59
Nee, ShawnAttack
2004
54
Moog, ForrestAttack
2007
52
Tomlinson, JoshAttack
2007
50
Holzworth, MattAttack/Midfield
2005
48
Tomlinson, NateAttack/Midfield
2005
39
Whitehead, RossAttack
2010
37
Fleischhauer, EricAttack
2004
36
Lalicker, Colby Midfield
2014
34
Pittelli, MichaelAttack
2011
33
Gregory, ThomasAttack
2008
31
Mitchell, ChadAttack
2003
30
Samuels, JakeAttack
2006
30
Nugent, JoeMidfield
2008
30
Patrone, NickMidfield
2006
29
Holmes, CurtisMidfield
2011
29
Daum, Mike Midfield
2014
28

Points

NamePosition
Class
Total
Sweet, Derek Attack
2013
291
Sieber, Luke Attack/Midfield
2013
244
Hayden, Jack Attack
2016
179
Kirkland, BrandonAttack
2004
177
Farrell, Brendan Attack
2015
165
Tomlinson, JoshAttack
2007
163
Fleischhauer, EricAttack
2004
149
Besser, Chandler Attack
2015
146
Patrone, NickMidfield
2006
136
Moog, ForrestAttack
2007
111
Tomlinson, NateAttack/Midfield
2005
104
Nee, ShawnAttack
2004
103
Lalicker, Colby Midfield
2014
103
Holzworth, MattAttack/Midfield
2005
103
Pittelli, MichaelAttack
2011
100
Daum, Mike Midfield
2014
100
Whitehead, RossAttack
2010
97
Nugent, JoeMidfield
2008
88
Gregory, ThomasAttack
2008
86
Hayden, Jack Attack
2016
84
Bergland, AndrewMidfield
2005
78
Leighton, B.J.Midfield
2007
78
Avedesian, JonnyAttack
2011
72
Season Records

Team Records

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
4-9
11-6
21-2
23-1
17-3
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
15-5
20-4
11-6
15-4
19-2
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
14-5
20-2
19 - 3
20 - 2
Playoff Record
34 -10

2005 NCHSLA 4A State Champions

2013 NCHSAA State Champions

2015 NCHSAA State Champions

Goals

NamePosition
Year
Total
Kirkland, BrandonAttack
2004
59
Tomlinson, JoshAttack
2007
57
Patrone, Nick Midfield
2006
56
Sieber, Luke Attack/Midfield
2013
56
Sieber, Luke Attack/Midfield
2012
55
Fleischhauer, EricAttack
2004
54
Sweet, Derek Attack
2013
52
Hayden, Jack Attack
2015
51
Lalicker, Colby Midfield
2014
50
Farrell, Brendan Attack
2015
48
Tomlinson, JoshAttack
2006
47
Hayden, Jack Attack
2014
45
Avedesian, JonnyAttack
2011
44
Patrone, NickMidfield
2005
43
Nugent, JoeMidfield
2008
43
Tomlinson, NateAttack
2005
42
Doyle, WillMidfield
2008
42
Farrell, Brendan Attack
2014
41
Holzworth, MattAttack
2005
39
Sweet, DerekAttack
2011
39
Nee, ShawnAttack
2004
38
Besser, Chandler Attack
2015
38
Farrell, Brendan Attack
2013
37
Sieber, LukeAttack/Midfield
2011
36
Sweet, DerekAttack
2012
34
McClure, Alex Midfield
2015
34
Daum, Mike Midfield
2014
33
Besser, Chandler Attack
2014
32

Assists

NamePosition
Year
Total
Sweet, Derek Attack
2013
72
Sweet, DerekAttack
2012
54
Nee, ShawnAttack
2004
49
Besser, Chandler Attack
2014
46
Hayden, Jack Attack
2015
44
Kirkland, BrandonAttack
2004
41
Tomlinson, JoshAttack
2007
37
Holzworth, MattAttack
2005
31
Moog, ForrestAttack
2007
31
Besser, Chandler Attack
2015
31
Gregory, ThomasAttack
2008
30
Hayden, Jack Attack
2014
28
Tomlinson, NateAttack
2005
25
Sieber, LukeAttack/Midfield
2012
25
Szep, JohnMidfield
2008
24
Avedesian, JonnyAttack
2011
23
Sweet, DerekAttack
2011
23
Pittelli, MichaelAttack
2011
22
Ateshian, KaneMidfield
2008
21
Sieber, Luke Attack/Midfield
2013
21
Wilson, ParkerMidfield
2008
20
Nugent, JoeMidfield
2008
20

Points

NamePosition
Year
Total
Sweet, Derek Attack
2013
124
Kirkland, BrandonAttack
2004
100
Hayden, Jack Attack
2015
95
Tomlinson, JoshAttack
2007
94
Nee, ShawnAttack
2004
87
Sweet, DerekAttack
2012
87
Sieber, LukeAttack/Midfield
2012
80
Besser, Chandler Attack
2014
78
Sieber, Luke Attack/Midfield
2013
77
Hayden, Jack Attack
2014
73
Fleischhauer, EricAttack
2004
71
Holzworth, MattAttack
2005
70
Besser, Chandler Attack
2015
68
Tomlinson, NateAttack
2005
67
Avedesian, JonnyAttack
2011
67
Patrone, NickMidfield
2006
66
Moog, ForrestAttack
2007
65
Nugent, JoeMidfield
2008
63
Gregory, ThomasAttack
2008
63
Sweet, DerekAttack
2011
62
Lalicker, Colby Midfield
2014
62
Farrell, Brendan Attack
2015
60
Sieber, LukeAttack/Midfield
2011
54
Player Honors

All Americans

NamePosition
Year
Bruss, GavinDefense
2005
Thornton, RossDefense
2006
Kearns, DrewDefense
2008
Weiss, EmilGoalie
2010
Weiss, Emil Goalie
2011
Sweet, Derek Attack
2013
Lalicker, Colby Midfield
2014
Besser, Chandler Midfield
2015
Seaver, Sean Defense
2015

All State

2004

NamePositionSelection
Kirkland, BrandonAttackSecond Team
Shores, AbleMidfieldThird Team
Bruss, GavinDefenseFirst Team
Hetu, DavidGoalieHonorable Mention

2005

NamePositionSelection
Bruss, GavinDefenseFirst Team
Faulhaber, PatrickLong Stick MidfieldHonorable Mention
Hetu, DavidGoalieFirst Team
Thornton, RossDefenseHonorable Mention
Patrone, NickMidfieldFirst Team

2006

NamePositionSelection
Thornton, RossDefenseFirst Team
Patrone, NickMidfieldSecond Team
Tomlinson, JoshAttackHonorable Mention

2007

NamePositionSelection
Tomlinson, JoshAttackSecond Team
Leighton, B.J.MidfieldSecond Team
Nordt, JimLong Stick MidfieldSecond Team

2008

NamePositionSelection
Kearns, DrewDefenseFirst Team
Nugent, JoeAttackSecond Team
Sweet, ZachLong Stick MidfieldHonorable Mention
Doyle, WillMidfieldSecond Team

2009

NamePositionSelection
Sweet, ZachDefenseThird Team
Weiss, EmilGoalieHonorable Mention

2010

NamePositionSelection
Weiss, EmilGoalieFirst Team
Whitehead, RossAttackHonorable Mention
Mason, GageDefenseHonorable Mention

2011

NamePositionSelection
Weiss, EmilGoalieFirst Team
Miller, ClintDefenseFirst Team
Sieber, LukeMidfieldSecond Team

2012

Name Position Selection
Rogers, Tyler Defense Second Team
Sweet, Derek Attack Third Team
Sieber, Luke Attack Third Team
Foster, Hayden Long Stick Midfield Third Team

2013

Name Position Selection
Sweet, Derek Attack First Team
Daum, Mike Midfield Second Team
Sieber, Luke Attack Second Team
Salpietro, Bobby Defense Second Team
Lalicker, Colby Midfield Honorable Mention

2014

Name Position Selection
Lalicker, Colby Midfield First Team
Daum, Mike Midfield Third Team
Nesbitt, Tyler Goalie Third Team
Randall, Cameron Defense Honorable Mention
Besser, Chandler Attack Honorable Mention

2015

Name Position Selection
Besser, Chandler Midfield First Team
Seaver, Sean Defense First Team
Hayden, Jack Attack Second Team
Farrell, Brendan Attack Honorable Mention
DeLuca, Tommy Defense Honorable Mention


Conference Players of the Year

2011 - Emil Weiss Tri-Nine Conference Player of the Year
2012 - Luke Sieber Tri-Nine Conference Player of the Year
2013 - Derek Sweet Tri-Nine Player of the Year
2014 - Colby Lalicker SWAC Player of the Year

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