High School Sports

March 25, 2013

Socastee boys lacrosse team falls a goal short against Bishop England

The Socastee boys lacrosse team had its chances on Monday.

The Socastee boys lacrosse team had its chances on Monday.

But in the end it was the Battling Bishops who walked away the winners.

Down by a goal, Braves junior Jiovany Rendon took a last-second desperation shot but missed the net as Socastee fell to Bishop England 8-7.

“They’re a good offensive team. They execute well,” Braves coach Matt Fox said. “Defensively, we missed a few assignments and left a couple of their key guys open. We didn’t execute on our offensive end and that proved to be the difference in the one-goal game. We’ll probably see them again in the playoffs.”

The teams went back-and-forth early, but it was the Battling Bishops (6-4) who took advantage late. Matt Durney scored for Bishop England to tie the game at 7, and Christian Reinhardt scored the game-winner with a little under three minutes left to lift the Bishops.

“We worked hard,” Fox said. “We tried to do a little too much on individual play and that’s where they exploited us. We overplayed a little bit on defense at times and offensively we tried to do too much one-on-one and one-on-two. We’ll go back to the drawing board [Tuesday] and I think we just need to tune up a few things.

“We’re not far off, but we didn’t put it in when we needed to at the end of the game.”

Nick Borriello led the Braves (5-4) on offense as he scored four goals and had one assist. Rendon, Clay Byers and Wayne Bauerle had one goal apiece and Adam Crane had one assist for Socastee.

“I saw a lot of good,” Fox said. “We hustled. We were a little slow at the beginning, but we hustled real well. Defensively, [Connor Canning] and [Reinhardt] didn’t really exploit us that much. They’re their big guys, their shooters … Offensively, we had a couple of guys score today that aren’t our usual scorers. It was good to see some of those guys score.”

Fox said his team ultimately deteriorated from a lack of communication Monday.

“Communication … in my opinion,” Fox said of what cost his team. “Really, on defense we didn’t communicate and we didn’t talk. That’s one of the big things – it’s kind of like basketball with cuts and calling for picks – and we didn’t do that very well. Offensively we just need to put it where the goalie is not, essentially. I think we’re close. I don’t want to put us down – it’s a good team – and a one-goal loss to a good team is not the end of the world. It’s frustrating.

“We’re hoping to make a run in the playoffs and this would have been a good time to put together a run. At the end of the day, we just need to execute better.”

Socastee goes on the road for its final two games as it plays Hilton Head on Friday at 6 p.m. and Bluffton on Saturday at 11 a.m. to determine its fate for the state playoffs.

“These next two games are big,” Fox said. “We’re just hoping to set up for a big run into the playoffs.”

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