Tucker Dodson is spending the weekend in Maryland, a state that is one of the biggest lacrosse hotbeds in the country.
“I am playing in a showcase tournament,” said Dodson, who had a big role in Wando’s state championship this spring. “I hope some college coaches will notice me.”
It’s hard not to notice Dodson in South Carolina. He’s helped Wando become the top lacrosse team in the state. He scored 45 goals and tallied 50 assists as the Warriors won their second consecutive state title with an 8-5 victory over Fort Mill.
Dodson, a junior attacker, is The Post and Courier’s male lacrosse player of the year and heads up the All-Lowcountry team.
The High School League sanctioned lacrosse as a sport in 2010, and Wando has played in three state championships. The Warriors lost in 2010 and didn’t make the final in ’11, but have won the last two titles. Wando was 15-1 this spring and is 54-6 in four years.
A limited number of high schools in the state field lacrosse teams, so Dodson and other key players from the Palmetto State go elsewhere to play against the best competition.
Dodson didn’t know much about the sport when a couple of buddies approached him about playing.
“They told me about this new sport,” Dodson said. “I was in the sixth grade and did a couple of skill drills and I wasn’t that good. I hated to be the worst player on the team so I worked and worked to get better.”
His high school career got off to a shaky start. He suffered a fractured collar bone when he collided with another player.
“That’s about the only huge down I’ve experienced,” Dodson said. “I’ve had a lot of great memories and played with and against a lot of great players.”
Dodson said he will feel added pressure to win next season.
“The last couple of years, it was ‘Let’s win it for the seniors,’ ” he said. “Next year, I will be a senior. So it’s going to be a do-or-die situation. If the seniors don’t go out as winners, it will be a disappointment.”
Wando had six players on the All-Lowcountry team: Andrew Phelan, Thomas Gribben, Trevor Pearson, Wright Bailey, Chase Robinson and Dodson.
Academic Magnet has four players on the team: Thomas Trouche, Alexander Lansink, Coby Percy and Jeffrey Thomas.
Bishop England’s Ian Willis and Connor Canning round out the team.