Athletes of the Week: Duo takes lacrosse to next level

Editor’s Note: Due to time conflicts with spring break, the two previous Athletes of the Week were not featured as scheduled. The two met on the field last week and freelancer Joel Beachum spoke to them for the following feature:

As the popular song by DJ Khaled goes, “All we do is win, win, win no matter what.”

While this is the favorite walk-up song of St. James lacrosse senior Caroline Boyer, it is also a fitting tune for her Socastee senior counterpart Amariah Lawson.

Boyer has led the Lady Sharks to an 11-2 record on the season and a No. 3 seed in the SCHSL playoffs.

Lawson has led the Lady Braves to a 10-3 record and a nine-game win streak before falling to St. James last Thursday.

Both Boyer and Lawson agreed that the Battle of Highway 707 rivalry between St. James and Socastee is a great matchup, but it’s also a friendly rivalry.

“Personally, I have been playing with some of these players for years so it is hard for me to say I really have a rivalry with them,” said Lawson, who helped her team to a No. 7 playoff seed.

Both players have displayed leadership as much as skill on the field.

“(Caroline) has been a leader for this team and she’s been playing with my daughter (Sophie Lesando) for 10 years now,” said St. James coach Michael Lesando. “That’s how it all started at Pepper Geddings on a little field.”

Lawson learned by following in the footsteps of those that played in her spot first.

“I am playing midfield for most of the game,” added Lawson. “Growing up, I saw the midfielders as the captains of the team. Now I am in that role and I love it. All of the games are special to me and I enjoy sharing every goal.”

The South Strand has produced some outstanding teams and players over the years, but this season seems to be a bumper crop. Boyer became the third Lady Shark to score her 100th career goal this season, a feat that has only been done by four other players in the district.

Boyer (107) scored her 100th goal earlier in the season. Two of the others are on her team – Sophie Lesando (140) and Reagan Parr (113). Boyer has added 40 career assists to go along with 71 by Lesando and 19 by Parr. Boyer’s 40 assists are something that she said she is really proud of as it helps the team.

“It doesn’t happen very often in the district that a player reaches 100 goals scored,” said Lesando. “She was the third player in the district. We now have four players to reach that plateau. That is quite an accomplishment.”

Boyer said that she views it as a team honor.

“It is a big accomplishment for me and the team,” she added. “We have been able to help each other and to achieve our goals and accomplishments.”

While Boyer and Lawson both graduate after this season, St. James moves up a class to 6A in the fall of 2018, while Socastee joins them in the same region.

“I think that the team will continue to have great seasons and continue improving,” said Boyer.

Lawson said she feels that the team only continues to grow and improve, and that should continue.

“It helps that we all love the sport and we just love the game so much,” added Lawson. “I just have fun playing lacrosse and we enjoy growing as a team. That really has helped us.”

After graduation, both will continue playing in college. Boyer will attend and play for USC Upstate and Lawson, who has 22 goals this season, will take her talents to Coker. Lawson and Boyer’s teammate at St. James (Parr) will both be Lady Cobras.

Expect big things from both of these up and coming stars in the playoffs and in college lacrosse.

Photos by Joel Beachum

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