Greensboro Day used four consecutive goals to open the fourth quarter and pull away from the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets boys’ lacrosse team for a 10-6 win last week.
The Jackets’ record fell to 1-2 for the season.
Fort Mill head coach Steve Nadalski purposely scheduled tough teams like Greensboro Day and other North Carolina-based teams to help prep the Jackets for the playoffs in April. He says games like the one against Greensboro Day are part of the process.
“The season is a process,” Nadalski said. “We continue to grow every game. It makes you rise to the occasion. Greensboro Day is a real good school.”
Fort Mill came into the game looking to bounce back from a 15-5 loss to defending state champs Wando. The Jackets lost to Wando in last year’s state finals.
“I wouldn’t say that this game (against Greensboro Day) was a must-win,” Nadalski said. “But we still have a long way to go.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Fort Mill opened the second quarter with two quick goals. First, Jack McGuire scored in the first 36 seconds. Conner Baucom followed up 30 seconds later with another goal to put the Jackets up 2-0.
Fort Mill controlled the ball much of the first quarter and repeatedly looked for ways to crack the Greensboro Day defense, but with no success. Defensively, Fort Mill was able to keep Greensboro Day’s shot attempts at a minimum.
At about 6:30 left in the first half, Greensboro Day cut the 2-0 deficit in half with a goal. A little over two and-a-half minutes later, the visiting team tied the game with another goal.
Fort Mill won the face off, but then turned the ball over. Greensboro Day took advantage with a score and then won the face off before scoring again seven seconds later on a shot from about 20 yards out.
The Jackets came out of halftime like a team possessed, winning the face-off and scoring 2:10 into the half with a goal from Ben Davidson.
About two minutes later, Greensboro Day came back to again put some distance between itself and Fort Mill with its fifth goal of the game. Greensboro Day kept its foot on the gas and continued to pull away from the Jackets after scoring again two minutes later.
Fort Mill struggled to maintain possession, turning the ball over often in the third quarter. The Jackets looked for opportunities on offense while trying to set up a good shot, but the Greensboro Day defense was suffocating.
After a Jackets timeout, Fort Mill came out and scored with a goal from Calvin Kelly with less than 90 seconds left in the third quarter. Fort Mill won the ensuing face off and Davidson got his second goal of the game 32 seconds later to cut Greensboro Day’s lead to just one.
Greensboro Day scored a goal about four minutes into the final quarter. With the momentum fully in its corner, Greensboro Day scored again less than a minute later for a three-goal cushion with seven minutes left. Fort Mill was able to add one final goal from Josh Cobbina with about 2:30 left.
The Jackets have a busy week with four games. Games against Charlotte Latin and Marvin Ridge are at home Wednesday and Thursday, while games against Clover and Charlotte Christian are on the road.
Mac Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org, @MacBanksFM