Forbes’ big game leads Woodstock back to prominence
by Emily Horos
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WOODSTOCK — At 5-foot-6, Hunter Forbes isn’t your typical lacrosse player.

But then again, Forbes doesn’t perform like a typical lacrosse player either. Using his height to his advantage, he was a master in face-offs, winning 82 percent of them this season.

“He is the most unbelievable face-off guy I have ever seen,” Woodstock coach Keith Whitaker said. “On top of that, he is a great goal scorer, a great assist man and just a rah-rah guy. He is one of those guys that when people stay stuff, people listen.”

Forbes considers face-offs his specialty and said that is one reason that he was recruited by Jacksonville University, a NCAA Division I lacrosse program.

“I’m small for Division I, but I think that helps me when I face off, so I don’t complain about it,” Forbes said.

Forbes said he always wanted to play Division I lacrosse or as he put it “be the best you can be”, but it didn’t look like it would happen for a while. When Forbes finally committed to Jacksonville University, a year later than the other members of his signing class, he wasn’t eligible for an athletic scholarship. Instead, he will be using an academic scholarship as a member of the honors college majoring in economics with the hope of earning a lacrosse scholarship in the future.

For being a leader for Woodstock on and off the field, Forbes has been named the 2014 Cherokee Tribune Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Forbes first took up lacrosse when he was in third grade, but quit a short time later. Then as an eighth-grader, he was drawn back into the sport by his best friend, Duncan Morris.

“He got me out to practice and I fell in love with it,” Forbes said.

Forbes ended up wrestling for a couple of years, which helped him increase his athleticism, but nothing would pull him away from lacrosse for long.

Whitaker called Forbes the type of leader that other players want to follow.

“The way that he can hold guys underneath him accountable is incredible,” Whitaker said. “He is everything that you want in a competitor and like a coach on the field. He cares so much and I care so much about our program as a coach. When you feel like the kids care more than you do, if that’s possible, it’s a great feeling because it motivates you to push those kids. I could talk about Hunter all day. He’s everything that you want from a lacrosse player on or off the field.”

Between playing with the Wolverines in the spring and then with a club team during the summer, he has competed with or against many of the other top lacrosse players in the county. He said half of his club team players for Etowah, which makes the Woodstock-Etowah rivalry even more enjoyable.

“It intensifies things and makes it more fun,” he said.

This season Forbes set several Woodstock records include those that mark player efficiency. He broke his own season record for face-off percentage by improving his mark of 76 percent for 2013 to 82 percent this year.

Forbes said that while the season was a success for him personally, he would have liked different results for the team as a whole. Forbes would have liked a higher number in the win column and specifically a win over rival Etowah. Still he said the team improved greatly from 2013.

“Our work ethic was better and that is the foundation we need for the future,” Forbes said. “This is going to be a great program (at Woodstock).”

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