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NCISAA boys lacrosse: Charlotte Latin claims third straight title

By Tim Donelli
Correspondent

It was as dominant a performance in a championship as any team could hope for. The Charlotte Latin Hawks claimed their third straight NCISAA boys state lacrosse title with a 13-4 victory over the Durham Academy Cavaliers Saturday at Charlotte Latin.

Latin jumped out to a 9-0 halftime lead while outshooting the Cavaliers 18-9. The Hawks were up 13-0 in the second half, and the Cavaliers didn’t score their first goal until the last minute of the third quarter when Latin began to pull the starters.

Attackers Owen Armstrong and Carson Song, both juniors, led Latin (20-1) with big offensive afternoons. Owens had four goals and four assists for eight points while Song had a goal and five assists for six points in the rout.

Starting Hawks goaltender Emerson Schaeffer didn’t give up a goal, and yielded to Nick Wilson midway through the third quarter.

No. 7 seed Durham Academy (10-8) nicely scrapped its way into the final, but was no match for the No. 1-seeded Hawks. Led by ten seniors, Latin’s experience and depth was too much for the Cavaliers to overcome.

Latin coach Dick Sipperly talked how big it was for the Hawks to quickly zoom out to a big lead. “Whenever you get into a game with any of these top teams in our state, you’re in for a battle,” he said. “To come out and put together a first half like we did and take a lead like that, it’s very special.”

The Hawks opened the scoring five minutes into the first quarter, as Song found Gus Bowen alone at the side of the goal. Latin scored three goals, including a pair by Armstrong, in the next five minutes to pump the lead to 4-0.

“We had a competitive game yesterday and our goal today was just to come out really, really hot.” said Armstrong. “It was awesome to show up big on a big day, and it’s a great day for lacrosse.”

NOTES: Five Latin players were selected All-State: Clifton Mathis, Jackson Monnin, Carson Song, Owen Armstrong and Emerson Schaeffer. Spencer Hallyburton was selected All-State for Durham Academy.

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