Socastee lacrosse battles to overtime thriller over Eagles

Just 48 hours after a heart-breaking loss in its season opener, the Socastee Braves turned the tables on visiting Wilmington Ashley for an 11-10 victory in overtime Thursday night.

Socastee’s Wayne Bourle took a pass from defenseman Josh Jakell and nailed the game-winner just 1:14 into the overtime period, capping a big comeback for the Braves (1-1).

Tyler Keane, who missed Tuesday’s game due to an injury, returned with a vengance on Thursday, scoring five goals and dishing out five assists for the Braves.

Keane scored the overtime-forcing goal with 51 seconds left in regulation, helping Socastee erase a 10-6 deficit entering the fourth period.

“I told our guys that there were a few moments in the third quarter when we kind of lost our heads and got frustrated,” Socastee coach Matthew Fox said. “But we did a great job of calming down and focusing on what we had to do. We definitely took a step forward mentally tonight.”

Especially since the Braves were victim of a tough loss just two days earlier. Socastee gave up a late goal to fall to Academic Magnet on the road Tuesday night in their season opener, but showed mental toughness to keep it from happening again.

Socastee made it a sweep in lacrosse over Ashley over the past two days. The Lady Braves took a 17-10 decision from the Lady Eagles the previous night in their season opener.

Socastee freshman Nick Boriello had a breakthrough game with two goals and two assists in just his second varsity game played. Bourlie also scored two goals, and Sage Beadling and Jiovany Rendon tallied one goal apiece. Socastee goalkeeper Joey Lazaroff had 20 saves.

The Braves return to action Tuesday night in a rematch with Wilmington Ashley, this time on the north side of the state line.

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