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South Carolina club lacrosse knocks off No. 1 team to win national title

Two weeks ago, South Carolina’s club lacrosse team was looking for money just for a chance to go play for a national title.

On Saturday, they took home their championship.

The No. 3 Gamecocks topped No. 1 Cal 13-8 to cap a 21-2 season with the title in Salt Lake City, Utah. They topped Santa Clara, Liberty and Chapman on the way to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championship.

South Carolina, which won a Southeastern Lacrosse Conference title, fell behind 1-0 and 3-1, but rallied to tie it 3-3. The Gamecocks went ahead for a moment late in the first half, but gave up a goal with 22 seconds left to leave it knotted up at 4-all.

USC scored the first five goals of the second half, ending the third quarter up 10-7. The teams mostly traded goals after that.

Goal scorers from South Carolina included Addison Lutes, Griffin Giles and Griffin Bailey.

“This whole year has been a fun ride, and the last week especially,” USC coach James Harkey said. “These guys worked their tails off all year, challenging themselves every practice and improving the little things all year. To realize a championship out of that hard work has been a whole lot of fun.”

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