The High School League made lacrosse a sanctioned sport just four years ago, but Wando boys coach Lance Renes talks about his team’s glorious past — and bright future.
Wando is playing in its third state championship in four years and seeking a second straight title.
The Warriors play Fort Mill at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at White Knoll High School in Columbia.
“We lost 18 players from last year’s team and only one starter returned from last year,” said Renes, whose team owns a 14-1 record. “We’ve taken it one game at a time. This group has high expectations. Every year the talent is better, the bar is set even higher.”
The Warriors’ only loss of the season was an 11-10 decision to Greenville last month in the regular season finale. The Warriors have been unstoppable in their three playoff games.
The offense has been explosive and balanced with five players scoring at least two goals in a 16-2 victory over A.C. Flora.
But Renes knows Fort Mill will provide a bigger challenge.
The Yellow Jackets are 11-3 and enter with a six-game winning streak.
“Fort Mill is a good team” Renes said. “They are smooth on offense and are good on defense. It’s going to be a battle. It’s going to be a fight to the end. I went up and scouted them myself. They play with passion.”
Fort Mill has defeated playoff foes Mauldin, Riverside and Greenville by a combined 44-21 margin. The Yellow Jackets also have an impressive history. They are playing in their second state championship. They won the state title two years ago with a 16-12 decision over Greenville.
Reach Philip M. Bowman at 937-5592.