Carolina Forest claims title at MB Spring Break tourney

cflax-teamtourneyThe Carolina Forest High lacrosse team didn’t let spring break stop the Panthers from taking – and passing – a huge test, winning the Myrtle Beach Spring Break tournament championship at Socastee High on Wednesday.

After defeating the host Braves 14-6 on Tuesday, Carolina Forest advanced to the title tilt to face JL Mann of Greenville, a 20-5 winner over St. James in the semifinals. The two teams put on a matchup worthy of a championship game, with the Panthers claiming a 12-11 victory.

Carolina Forest built a seemingly comfortable three-goal lead on several occasions only to see JL Mann answer right back until falling short in the final seconds. The Panthers were led in scoring by seniors Joe Venazio and Matthew Sampollo with four goals each.

Carolina Forest’s Josh Reffey, Logan Thibodeau, Austin Nettle, and Brady Skelly each added one goal. Jake Zito, the Panthers’ backup goalie, played outstanding in the cage during the back-to-back games. The ground game was controlled by face-off middie Josh Reffey (six ground balls) and close-in defenders Dylan “DK” Kennedy and Patrick Daly had four groundballs each.

Socastee won the consolation game against St. James, 9-7. The Braves were led by senior Ross Mashburn, who scored a career-high five goals.

The Panthers await playoff seedings to be released and should host their first playoff game on Tuesday, April 18.

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