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.”
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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.”