Three area high school teams are one win away from advancing to the lacrosse state championships this weekend.
The girls Lower State final pits top-ranked Bishop England (16-2) against second-ranked Wando (11-2) on Tuesday night. The game is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bishop England.
In the boys’ game, top-ranked Wando (16-0) plays host to fifth-ranked Hilton Head (12-4) at 7 p.m. The winners of Tuesday’s games advance to the state finals Saturday at White Knoll High School in Lexington.
The girls’ game is a rematch of a double-overtime thriller won by Bishop England, 15-14, on March 18. Both of Bishop England’s losses came to schools from Georgia, and the Bishops easily advanced through the playoffs with wins over Dutch Fork (18-0) and Socastee (23-11).
Wando’s only other loss during the regular season also came to an out-of-state team. The Warriors easily dispatched of Spring Valley (23-2) and Chapin (16-9) to reach Tuesday’s matchup, which is also a rematch of last year’s Lower State battle won by Wando in double overtime, 15-14.
Entering Tuesday’s game, Wando boasts the state’s top scoring offense, averaging 20.1 goals per contest, while ranking sixth in the state in goals allowed (7.15) per game. Bishop England has been a little more balanced overall, ranking second in scoring (18.2) and second in scoring defense (5.6).
The winner will play the Upper State champion (J.L. Mann or Nation Ford) on Saturday. J.L. Mann beat Wando, 15-13, in the state final last year.
On the boys’ side, Wando has won 15 matches by double-digits and is the top-ranked team in the state in both scoring (17.2) and defense (4.6). Wando beat Hilton Head, 18-5, on April 1. The Warriors posted playoff wins over Blythewood (19-5) and Academic Magnet (17-6).
Wando is the defending Lower State champion, having lost in the state final a year ago to Fort Mill. Fort Mill, the state’s third-ranked team this spring, is hosting fourth-ranked Riverside in the Upper State championship game.