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Bishop England, Oceanside, Wando girls reach lacrosse state championship games

Oceanside Collegiate girls lacrosse

Oceanside Collegiate Academy's girls lacrosse team won April 25 to reach the Class AAAA state title game. Provided

Three area high school girls lacrosse teams will play for state championships on Saturday at Irmo High, and two of those, Bishop England and Oceanside Collegiate, will play each other for the Class AAAA title at 5:30 p.m.

Wando advanced to the Class AAAAA finals with an 11-6 win over Chapin. Wando will play Riverside at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game is a rematch of last year’s finals, won by Riverside.

Oceanside Collegiate improved to 13-1 with a solid 18-10 win over another area school, Lucy Beckham, while five-time defending state champion Bishop England easily dispatched Waccamaw 25-0.

In Oceanside Collegiate’s win, their biggest stars put up big numbers in the win over Lucy Beckham. Freshman Teagan Scott tallied six goals, pushing her season total to 67, and senior Kiera Armitage scored six, giving her 50 on the season. Madison Mayer added three goals.

The Landsharks scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the contest and never trailed, taking a 9-3 lead at halftime. Yet, first-year coach Ashley McCulloch was not all too pleased with her team’s focus and execution early.

“We did get control pretty early, but I just didn’t feel we had the energy that I had hoped to see early on,” the coach said. “Now, it was hot, the hottest weather we have played in this year, and Monday games are tough. That may have had something to do with it. But my main point to the team was that we are at the most important part of our season, and I just wanted us to be sharper in all phases. They responded well. It was a good win for us. We are certainly happy to have a chance to win a state championship.”

The lead grew to 11-4 at 10 minutes into the second half before Lucy Beckham (13-5) rallied to within 11-7 on Avery Hall’s goal with 9:06 remaining. Hall finished with four goals in the game.

Oceanside Collegiate quickly ended any hopes of a comeback, scoring five unanswered goals over the next five minutes for a commanding 16-7 lead.

Lucy Beckham junior Anne Edens added two goals for the Bengals, finishing her season with 46 goals.

Bishop England, as expected, had no trouble advancing past Waccamaw. The undefeated Bishops led 18-0 at halftime and cruised to victory. Bishop England improved to 17-0 this season and extended their state record winning streak to 81 games. The Bishops are making their eighth finals appearance since 2013 and are seeking their sixth title.

“One of our goals was to reach the finals so we are excited to be there,” coach Jeff Weiner said. “Winning never gets old. I didn’t think we played our best tonight but we certainly were good enough to win. We have some things to work on before Saturday.”

In the AAAAA semifinals, Wando (16-1) jumped out to a 5-1 lead and led 7-2 at the half. Chapin got as close as 9-5 in the second half, but the Warriors held off the comeback attempt. Wando also beat Chapin 15-7 during the regular season.