Carson Song dreamed of starring for the Charlotte Latin lacrosse team long before he ever suited up for the Hawks.Song, 17, began picturing himself as a Charlotte Latin lacrosse player when he started playing the sport in third grade.When his opportunity to play for the Latin varsity team came, Song wasted no time. He made the squad as a freshman and established himself as a key player by notching 24 goals and 24 assists on the 2012 team, which went 17-2 and won its first N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state title since 2005.He’s only gotten better since. The junior recently scored his 100th career goal and is the school’s leading career points scorer with 235.As a sophomore, Song helped lead a younger Latin team – which had lost 13 seniors – to a second consecutive state title in dramatic fashion against Providence Day. With 36 seconds left and the score tied at eight, Song broke loose on the sideline and netted the game-winning goal. He earned all-state and all-Observer honors that year.The game-winning goal in the state final “was definitely a very special moment for me and the entire team,” said Song, who had 42 goals and 60 assists as a sophomore, becoming the first Charlotte Latin player to get more than 100 points in a season.“But in the end, it was just one play out of many that helped us end the season as champions. After all the ups and downs, it was great to be able to score the goal that sealed the deal.”Charlotte Latin lacrosse coach Dick Sipperly, who has watched Song (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) grow as a player, also said the goal was exciting.“I think that moment inspired all of us,” said Sipperly, in his 11th year as the Hawks’ head coach. “For Carson to battle the way he did all game and then come up with that goal at that time is just about as spectacular as it gets. I know that is something no one on our team will ever forget.”While Song’s game-winning goal is a highlight in his career, it’s his ability to set up teammates that has defined him. Song has more assists (135) than goals (100) going into the Legacy Cup tournament April 25-26.Song had five assists against Charlotte Country Day, Cuthbertson and Greensboro Day, six against Forsyth Country Day and eight in a win against Cannon School. Song, who has a 4.7 GPA, has committed to Brown University, where he would like to major in engineering.Song is quick to point out that his teammates have as much to do with his success as he does.“It’s an awesome feeling to be on that list, and it’s very gratifying to be associated with guys like Thomas Armstrong,” Song said, referring to the former Charlotte Latin standout whom Song passed for the all-time points record. “But for me to get there, I have had the benefit of having a lot of great finishers, like his younger brother, Owen Armstrong, this year, and many more.”After posting a 33-6 record in his first two seasons, Song and the Hawks are off to a strong start in 2014. The team started 13-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state by laxpower.com.The Hawks also get contributions from junior Owen Armstrong (36 goals) and senior Ross Caldwell in the attack, senior Eddie Goode and Jackson Monnin (committed to Lehigh) in midfield and from defenders like senior Carter Sheridan and Clifton Mathis (Holy Cross).The Hawks’ balanced and experienced attack has allowed them to win four games by one goal, including wins against Apex (11-10), Durham Academy (3-2), Fort Mill (12-11) and Memphis University (13-12).“We’ve been really focused all year on taking on each game by itself,” said Song, who also plays year-round for Team Carolina and is a wide receiver/safety for the Latin football team. “We know everybody is gunning for us and we are going to get their best shot. But we have been playing together so long that we really trust each other and know we can win those close games.”While Sipperly says his team doesn’t talk about state championships, they all know it’s the goal again this season.Song says the team is aware that every season is a new challenge.“The last two years, we weren’t expected to win it all, so our whole motto was to prove people wrong,” Song said. “This year, I guess you could say we’re one of the favorites, and with that comes a lot of pressure. We’ve already been tested time and time again this season. We’ve got a lot of confidence that we play in the big games and come with wins, again.”While it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, Song says, he also tries to remember how far this team has come.“Charlotte Latin lacrosse means a lot to me,” Song said. “I feel this team has really paid our dues to the past teams by helping put Latin back on top.”
Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
Charlotte Latin junior Carson Song is living the dream on Charlotte Latin’s lacrosse team
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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