Lacrosse: Sharks, Panthers top rivals in season debuts

mblax-sjThe St. James and Myrtle Beach High boys lacrosse programs may be young but the two teams have already built an intense rivalry in the upstart sport.

The Sharks opened the season with an exciting 5-4 victory over the visiting Seahawks, who took a 4-3 decision in a preseason scrimmage last week. This one also came down to the wire with the Sharks prevailing on a soggy field in the opening match of the second seasons for both squads.

For the St. James, Austin McCutchen had two goals and an assist, and teammate Thomas Atchinson had one goal and an assist. Ethan Atkinson and Brandon Mitchel had one goal apiece and Liam Byrn had an assist. Bryant Blackmon had nine saves in net.

For Myrtle Beach, Austin Riggs one goal two assists, and teammate Matt Willfong scored one goal on an assist by John Newell. Grey Wolmen and Noah Thomas tallied one goal each and keeper Jared Stavley had 12 saves.

* Carolina Forest 15, Socastee 6: In their first game under first-year coach Will Loftin, the Panthers opened the season by making a statement in an impressive win over the rival Braves, who made the playoffs over Carolina Forest last season.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back. The Panthers were led by Junior Attackman Joe Venazio with six goals and an assist. Sophomore Attackman Kaidon Hunt had three goals and two assists, and senior Attackman Sebastian Musumeci also made a hat trick and an assist. Junior Matt Sampollo (1 goal, 3 assist), and senior Curtiss Pellegrino (2 goals) rounded out the Panthers’ scoring.

The defense was led by Sophomore Goalie Steven Elias (21 saves). Sophomore Defenseman Patrick Daly, Junior Defensemen Dylan Kennedy and Johnathan Foust along with Junior Long Stick Midfielder Joseph Gross and Sophomore Long Stick Midfielder Jamal McClain limited the Brave offensive chances. Sampollo led the Panthers with 6 ground balls.

Carolina Forest will host back-to-back games against River Bluff on Thursday and Academic Magnet on Friday.

Girls

* St. James 16, Myrtle Beach 5: The Lady Sharks kicked off the season with a big victory over the visiting Lady Seahawks in the second season opener for both programs.

St. James’ Sophie Lesando scored the first goal of the season and finished with a hat trick, while teammate Sarah Bryson had four goals, including a last minute buzzer beater to give her the team high. Caroline Boyer and Reagan Parr scored three goals, Kate Weiss had 2 and Jess Porcoro made one for the Lady Sharks.

St. James also got strong defensive efforts from Olivia Green, Savannah Elliot, Savannah Stroud, Sophie Lesando and freshman goalie Isabella Ferretti, who allowed only one goal in the first half.  St. James’ next game is at home against Socastee.

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