Less than four scoreless minutes into Christ Church’s boys lacrosse match against Wade Hampton Wednesday night, a frustrated Cavaliers coach Shane LeCroy called a timeout.
His team got the message.
Will Sanders scored a goal 37 seconds after the timeout, added two more goals later in the first quarter and Christ Church went on to a 15-4 win.
“We started slow the last couple of games, and I just wanted to remind them about fundamentals,” said LeCroy. “It was a sloppy field tonight. We had to stick to our fundamentals and really trust our offense. We started finding the open guy once we settled down.”
After the Generals’ Brady Keith scored back-to-back goals early in the second quarter to cut the lead to 4-2, John Grant answered with a goal 11 seconds later. After a Hayden Brown goal, Grant scored with 53.1 seconds left in the half to push Christ Church to a 7-2 halftime lead.
Grant then scored the first two goals of the second half and sparked the Cavaliers to a six-goal third period to put the game out of reach.
“We had to move John down from the midfield because of personnel just a few weeks ago, and he’s really stepping up,” said LeCroy. “He’s really the only senior on our offensive side, and he’s really carrying the load for us.”
Grant finished with six goals, while Sanders had four and two assists. Taylor Carsten and Josh Schools each added a pair of goals for Christ Church.
Brad Johnson and Ben Flagg had goals in the fourth period for Wade Hampton (0-2).
With the win, the unbeaten Cavaliers (3-0) matched their win total from their inaugural season a year ago.
“It’s so exciting. The kids have a buzz about them, and it’s all due to the hard work they put in in the summertime,” said LeCroy.
* Christ Church’s girls team used a balanced attack to knock off Wade Hampton 14-3.
The Cavaliers raced out to a 7-0 lead less than 14 minutes into the first half, thanks to a pair of goals each by Ling Campbell, Anna Pieper and Elizabeth Quattlebaum.
Campbell, Pieper and Anna Ferrell each finished with three goals for Christ Church (4-0). Quattlebaum and Ellery Ivester had two goals apiece, while Isabella Stark had the Cavs’ other goal.
“It was a team effort, and that’s kind of how our team has been all season,” said Christ Church coach Molly Miller. “We had a great first year (last year), and kind of took some people by surprise. They knew coming into this season people weren’t going to take them lightly, and they’ve stepped up and played hard.”
Alex Mantekas, Ashlee Green and Peyton Batson posted goals for the Generals (0-2).