Wando boys repeat as lacrosse state champions
LEXINGTON — Dynasty?
Wando boys lacrosse coach Lance Renes doesn’t want to talk about it, or even hear the word.
“It’s way too early for that,” Renes said Saturday after his team defeated Fort Mill, 8-5, at White Knoll High School to win its second straight state title. “Our goal is to take it one game at a time. We’re just going to savor this.”
The Warriors might not just have a dynasty yet, but it’s hard to deny they are the most dominant team in the state since the High School League sanctioned the sport four years ago. The Warriors have played in the championship game three times and returned to the Lowcountry with the trophy twice.
Eighteen seniors were on last year’s team. This year, graduation won’t be so tough on Wando. Fred Dotterer, Henry Trotter, Jacob Ufkes and Jameson Wojewodka are the only seniors on the 34-man roster.
“Those four seniors had vital roles,” Renes said. “We will miss them. We will welcome back 30 players from this team.”
The Warriors (13-1) received strong defensive play in the four playoff games, allowing only 17 goals. Goalie Trevor Pearson recorded 11 saves against Fort Mill (11-4), while Carson Horner and C.J. Anderson both scored two goals.
Pearson’s effort was similar to Logan Windham’s effort in last year’s state title victory. Windham had 12 saves while Pearson tallied 11 Saturday.
“He’s all-state for a reason,” Renes said of Pearson. “He continues that line of outstanding goalies from Wando lacrosse. We were ready defensively. We knew their offense. We knew solid play would win it. We worked hard as a team. The defense stepped it up and the offense scored when we needed it.”
Horner, who scored two goals, said the team didn’t feel any extra pressure because it was the defending state champion.
“There are high expectations because we are Wando lacrosse,” he said. “We’re expected to win. But today was no different except for the gold medals and the trophy. We hustled, played hard for four quarters. We never gave up.”
Wando has compiled a 52-6 the past four years.
The Warriors outscored playoff foes 57-17, and have won eight straight playoff games the past two seasons. But Renes didn’t want to crunch numbers.
“It’s been a long season,” he said. “I want the kids to enjoy this day. This day belongs to Wando lacrosse.”