STATE CHAMPIONS!!! The Battling Bishops boys varsity lacrosse team conquered its season’s goal and won the South Carolina 4A Lacrosse Championships. From one end of the field to the other, everyone did their respective job in perfect order. Be it the goalie, faceoff player, defensemen, midfielders, attackmen or teammates and coaching staff on the sidelines, everyone did their role with precision-type excellence, a picturesque total team effort. All the practices, all the physical pain, all the long hours of hard work demanded by Coach Tyler Tracy and his expert volunteer coaching staff finally paid off, the victory of a lifetime and an everlasting memory. BE came into the playoffs as the 6th seed underdog, and went through Academic Magnet, Waccamaw High School and Christ Church Episcopal to make it all the way to the championship game against A.C. Flora in a sunny and pack-filled W.C. Hawkins Stadium at Irmo High School. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Bishops were trailing by a score of 2 to 3. But a dominant 2nd quarter sent the team to the locker-room at halftime leading the game 7 to 4. The nail-biting battle would continue over the next two quarters, with BE taking home the trophy after the 11 to 7 victory. Before advancing to the championship game, in the semifinals, Flora crumpled Oceanside Collegiate Academy (OCA), 18 to 5. During regular season, in a painful loss, BE fell to OCA, 12 to 4. That loss only inspired the BE team to work even harder at practice, they wanted to win State! But it was Coach Tracy who already knew the possibilities ahead, as he saw in them the potential that would take the whole season for them to see in themselves. At practice, Coach Tracy continued to push and inspire the players into becoming highly motivated, well disciplined, physically and mentally fit lacrosse performers, capable of defeating any conference opponent and taking home a championship trophy. The celebration on the field in front of a thundering crowd of cheering BE fans after the win was an awesome moment, one the entire team will never forget. For the fans, seeing the players tearfully hug one another and their coaches while jumping up and down with joy was, in a word … blissful.
In the past decade, participation in high school lacrosse has exploded, it is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Now with its second state championship win, BE has demonstrated it has a first-class lacrosse program, worthy of attention and the utmost respect. The boys celebrated the win alongside their BE girls lacrosse team counterparts, who also took home a state championship of their own earlier the same day on the same exact field.
Goals: Dennis Treasurer (5), Robert Pilla (3), Watson McCloud (2) and Michael Long (1).
Assists: Jack Jennings (2), Bronson Fabrizio (1), Pilla (1), Long (1) and Michael Ugan (1).
Groundballs: Coleman Glazer (8), Eddie Marinaro (6), Marco Pampu (6), Max Moldenhauer (5), Treasurer (4), Pilla (3), Bronson Fabrizio (2), Brandon Head (2), McCloud (2), Jennings (1), Matthew Elliot (1), Zach Skipper (1) and Drew Yates (1).