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Riverside Defeats Wando 13-9 To Win AAAAA Gril’s Lacrosse State Title, J.L. Mann Takes AAAAA Boy’s Title With 8-5 Win Over Wando

Riverside Defeats Wando 13-9 To Win AAAAA Gril’s Lacrosse State Title, J.L. Mann Takes AAAAA Boy’s Title With 8-5 Win Over Wando  


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Irmo--It was a dream that turned into reality for Riverside senior Breylin Bright and the rest of the Warriors girl’s lacrosse team.

The Warriors from the upstate defeated Wando 13-9 Friday afternoon to claim the Class AAAAA state championship at Irmo’s W.C. Hawkins Stadium. It is the first state title for Riverside in girl’s lacrosse.

“It feels amazing,” Bright said. “All this hard work that we’ve put in all these years finally paid off. I dreamed of what this would feel like and it’s surpassed everything I ever dreamed it would.”

Riverside (18-1) finished runner-up in 2010 and 2011 and was making its first title game appearance since then. It was a quick flurry in the second half that sealed things.

Makenna Laymon broke a 9-all tie with 6:00 remaining to set off a four-goal outburst in a 1:43 span. Bright, who led the way with five goals, added another goal 30 seconds later. Emma Kirby tallied her only goal 42 seconds later before Bright ended the spree with the final goal at the 4:17 mark.

“We started taking advantage of when they sent the double-team,” Riverside coach Thomas Riley said. “We knew where it was coming from and got into the open spots. We made good feeds, held possession, and made good shots when it counted.”

Anna Voelk and Michaela Wittman each added three goals for Riverside.

Wando (10-2) was making the state finals for the first time since 2017. They had a two-week shutdown in the middle of the season due to covid restrictions but made the finals behind first-year coach Ed Reckdenwald.

Kelsey Bennett and Maddie Wood each tallied two goals with Brooke Staples, Maggie Parkin, Paige Leonard, Kate Maloney, and Chrissy Mallon adding a goal apiece.

“I’ve been with this group for five months,” Wando coach Ed Reckdenwald said. “A lot of culture changes and philosophical changes and we’ve built a base. We built a cake, baked a cake now we just need to ice it.”

In the boy’s final, it was upstart J.L. Mann controlling the pace from the outset and knocking off previously unbeaten Wando 8-5. It was the first lacrosse state title for the Patriots.

“This is everything. The players, the parents, the support staff, the coaches have worked for this,” J.L. Mann coach Rob Searfoss said. “Defense wins championships and we felt like we had the best defense and it certainly paid off.”

The J.L. Mann (18-1) defensive effort slowed a Warriors attack that scored 80 goals in three playoff games. Wando had scored 20-plus goals in six straight, but never got on track against Mann and goalie Kaleb Boiter.

The junior goalie helped keep the Warriors at bay.

“This has been the dream at practice the last six years,” Boiter said. “The hard work, dedication and hours and hours of practice paid off. This is special and feels amazing. To be the first one in school history to win one is amazing.”

Sam Maronick scored three goals to pace the offensive attack for Mann. David Dubose and Drew Lombel added two apiece and Jacob Watt tallied the final one. 

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