Playoff Berth, St. James Win Highlights of Girls’ Lax Season

The Lady Braves Lacrosse team had an overall record of 6-9, and a Region record of 3-3.

But don’t be fooled by the so-so record. This is unquestionably one of the best seasons the Lady Braves have had, beating two of their rivals, finishing third in the region, and making it to the playoffs.

Coach Campbell said making the playoffs was remarkable for him because it’s the first time it has happened in the four years he has coached the team.

“It’s an exciting thing that I shared with my team,” he said.

To start off their season, the Lady Braves played two playoff teams – Wando and Bishop England – and lost to both. But they flipped the script and crushed Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach in the next two games. 

The next phase of the season took The Lady Braves to Augusta, Georgia, for a showcase tournament where they took on Lakeside and Richmond Hill, and definitely gave them a run for their money. Even though they lost to powerhouse Richmond Hill, they shocked fans during the game with a 5-2 lead before the half. The Ladies discovered that night that they could compete against anybody when they come together and play as a team.

 “I enjoyed the experience of traveling with the team, since it was the first time we have done something like that for the program,” Olivia Vinson said. “It was very fun and a great bonding experience for everyone.” 

Soon after, weather conditions and a flooded “home” field caused constant cancellations. The team’s “home” field was the South Strand Rec Center due to track and field renovations at Socastee, and the rec center’s field literally turned from grass to dust.

Although field struggles and cancellations set back the Lady Braves, they still managed to sweep the Saint James Sharks and split the Carolina Forest Panthers in their next few games. They beat the Sharks for the first time since 2016 and beat the Panthers for the first time since 2018. It was also the first time they beat both teams in the same season since 2016.

At the end of region play, the Lady Braves found themselves 3-3 in the region and traveled to Dutch Fork for the first round of the playoffs. The Braves fought long and hard for the win and dismayed the stands by jumping in the lead and scoring the first goal. The game was neck and neck for all of the first half, keeping the clock stopped after every goal. The Braves started the second half strong, but ended up losing to the Silver Foxes 16-6.

The Lady Braves Lacrosse team had an outstanding season as a whole, but some players stood out individually and won State Awards.

– Hailey Rappeno won 2nd Team All-State Midfield and 1st Team All-Lower State Midfield. 

– Savannah Limehouse won 2nd Team All-Lower State Attack

– Olivia Vinson won 2nd Team All-Lower State Defense. 

Coach Campbell said the team will build off this year’s success to go even further.

“There were a lot of firsts this year, and we want to move further into the playoffs next year.” Coach Campbell said.