Bluffton boys lacrosse picked up its first win of the season Thursday, riding a terrific start to a 9-6 road victory over region rival Beaufort High.
The Bobcats raced out to a 5-1 lead after the opening quarter and grew the advantage to 8-2 at halftime. Beaufort came out strong in the second half, scoring four unanswered goals including two from Todd Youngdahl to cut the deficit to 8-6 to set up a dramatic finish.
The Bobcats halted the run to make it a three-score game before running out the clock and clinching the victory.
Jackson Skinner paced the Bobcat attack, netting four goals and adding two assists for a team-high six points while Ben Ramsey and Carlo Pulido racked up a pair of goals and assists each.
Connor Ross picked up four ground balls, Pulido led the way in the circle with seven draw controls on 12 attempts, and Jackson Reese delivered a strong performance in net for Bluffton, making 12 saves.
Youngdahl and Luke Krieger each found the back of the net twice for Beaufort, and Zach Jindrich recorded 13 saves in goal.
Todd’s game-winner lifts Eagles past Bobcats in OT
Beaufort High girls lacrosse picked up another big region win Thursday with a 6-5 overtime triumph at Bluffton.
Amyah Todd scored three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Eagles, while Holland Perryman, Annabelle Hooper, and Sophia Pellegrino each scored once.
Captains Lilly Dangerfield and Sydney Lashley anchored a strong Beaufort defense, and goalie Morgan Wright stopped 12 of 17 shots.
The Bobcats took an early lead and held a 3-2 advantage at halftime, before Beaufort shifted the momentum with two quick goals in the third quarter to take the lead. Bluffton answered with two of its own to surge back ahead, but the Eagles were able to pull even and force overtime.
In the extra period, Lillian Carr controlled the draw for Beaufort, and Todd weaved her way through traffic before burying her third goal of the night to clinch it.
Above: Beaufort Eagle Ian Seguine, center, misses as he tries to steal the ball from Bluffton’s Dillon Veins during the first half of their Lacrosse game Thursday night at Beaufort Stadium. Despite Beaufort’s third quarter rally, Bluffton went on to win 9-6. Photo by Bob Sofaly.