Over the next few weeks, LaxRecords will look back at the 2016 season with notes on what happened in championship games, notable milestones and any surprises or fun facts that occurred.
July will kick off our first-ever Looking Ahead features with an in-depth look at underclassmen to watch, what milestones could be reached and the teams to watch in 2017.
Today, LaxRecords.com looks back at the 2016 boys’ lacrosse season with Season Rewind: South Carolina.
Wando (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) won its second consecutive title with a 6-5 double-overtime victory against Fort Mill (Fort Mill, S.C.). Junior Sam Weis scored two goals, including the game-winner.
The Warriors won the title with defense this season, allowing an average of just five goals per game, while averaging 17 per game on offense. They finished the year on a six game winning streak. They did not allow more than seven goals against any South Carolina team this year.
Wando opened the game with a 2-0 lead on goals by Zack Bauer and Jack Davies. The Warriors’ Riley Seay and Ryan Lipsky added goals in the third quarter to extend the lead to 4-1. Fort Mill’s Joshua Cobbina and Jack Maguire cut the lead to 4-3 before Weis scored his first of the game to make it 5-3. Cobbina and Trenton Wylie tied the game for the Yellow Jackets and sent the game into overtime.
Weis finished the year with 59 goals.
Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville, South Carolina) head coach Shane LeCroy won his 150th game in helping the Cavaliers to an 8-7 record.
Ron Cadorette won his 100th career game with Dorman (Spartanburg, South Carolina). Cadorette is in his third season as the Cavaliers head coach and he led them to an 8-7 record. Cadorette has a known career record of 106-67 between J.L. Mann Academy (Greenville, South Carolina) and Dorman.
Greenville (Greenville, S.C.) senior goalie Wilson Nickles is now the best known leader for career saves in South Carolina lacrosse history. Nickels, who has played in each of the past three seasons, has 557 career saves and surpassed Nash Via from Ridge View (Columbia, S.C.). Via had 406 career saves from 2013 to 2014.
A pair of players tied for the most known points in a game this season. Eastside (South Carolina) senior Austin Dixon and J.L. Mann (South Carolina) attackman Keegan O’Connell each had 13 points in a game.
Chase Poplin, a junior from Christ Church Episcopal, had the most known points with 102 and goals with 72 this year.
Greenville senior, Ashton Baca, led the state with 45 assists.