For the second straight year, the Fort Mill High girls’ lacrosse season ended at the hands of J.L. Mann in Greenville, where the Lady Patriots won the Upper State Championship 15-7.
The Lady Jackets finished the year 8-6.
The game was a tight one in the beginning, but once the Lady Patriots found a way to open it up, they steadily built a solid lead before the end of the first half.
J.L. Mann opened the scoring and raced to a 3-0 lead, but the Lady Jackets rallied to tie things at 3-3 with about 19:30 left in the first half. It was at that point that the Lady Patriots turned the game in their favor by scoring seven consecutive goals over nearly 30 minutes to take a 10-3 lead.
Despite there being roughly 20 minutes still to play, Fort Mill never got any closer than a five-goal difference.
The Lady Jackets were led by sophomore Maddie Anderson, who scored four goals, and senior Claire Frase, who added the other three for Fort Mill.
The loss to J.L. Mann was just the second in-state loss by Fort Mill this year. The Lady Jackets lost to Bishop England earlier in the season. Bishop England made it to the Lower State title game before falling to Wando.
Fort Mill is losing six seniors from this year’s squad, including Frase and Kirsten Terry, who have anchored the offense over the past couple seasons.
Luckily for Fort Mill, it has rising underclassmen like Anderson and freshman April Tankersley coming up to fill those gaps.