Lacrosse: Panthers rally for OT victory over River Bluff

cflax-wacThe Carolina Forest boys lacrosse team put in some overtime Wednesday night to score a dramatic 13-12 comeback victory over visiting River Bluff.

Carolina Forest’s Joe Venazio buried a left-handed, game-winning goal in overtime to give the Panthers (3-1) a hard-fought victory. Trailing in the final 2 minutes of regulation, the Panthers scored a pair of goals to even the score and force extra time.

Carolina Forest seniors Austin Nettle, Logan Thibodeau, Matt Sampollo, TJ McCoy and Venazio all scored goals to help the Panthers. T.J. McCoy led the team in face-offs, including winning the final draw in overtime.

The Panthers will play Myrtle Beach at home on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and they face another Columbia-area power in Dutch Fork on Friday at 7 p.m. at Ashley Boothe Field.

* West Brunswick (NC) 8, North Myrtle Beach 4: The Chiefs saw their chance at earning the program’s first victory slip away in the second half as the visiting Trojans scored five unanswered goals to steal the win.

Tied at 3-all at halftime, North Myrtle Beach scored to take the lead early in the third period. But West Brunswick’s experience took over late against the first-year Chiefs.

* Socastee 11, St. James 7: The Braves knocked off the rival Sharks for their first win of the season.

Girls

* Carolina Forest 16, Clinton 5: The Lady Panthers got four goals each from Abigail Gross and Isabella DiMarino for a big road win on Saturday.

Senior Lee Adi had three goals and an assist, Gabrielle Koseroski had two goals and an assist, and goalkeepers Elizabeth Gatley and Danielle Johnson combined for nine saves.

Photo courtesy of CFHS Athletics

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