South Charlotte

Providence rallies to key tournament win

Weddington's lacrosse team beat Providence 22-15 earlier this year. But that didn't mean much last week.

Weddington led 10-9 entering the fourth quarter of tournament play, but Providence produced four straight goals to win 13-11 and advance to the state semifinals.

Cameron Wroten scored at the 6:20 mark in the fourth quarter for the Warriors, but that was the last goal either team would score as the Panthers continued their journey through the state playoffs.

"That was a battle," Panther head coach William Humphrey said. "It is like that with all of these Charlotte area teams we play when we have to see them two or three times, but that was a war.

"The games we have played against them have been nasty. Not in a dirty way, but they have been just all-out wars. They beat us 22-15 earlier in the year and we knew it would be a game from the beginning and it was."

Stephen Kemble led the Panthers with four goals. Jon Leboyne finished with three goals and both seemed to score whenever needed.

Kemble and Leboyne scored a goal apiece in the first 1:30 of the fourth quarter, and later goals by Kameron Scroggins and Triston Stegall cemented the outcome and advanced the Panthers to the semifinal round.

"Stephen was great for us tonight and he did score when we needed him to," Humphrey said. "But it was a team effort."

Warrior leading scorer Brad Burnam did his part, scoring four times for one of the areas most explosive offences.

Until Friday the Warriors had been great, beating overall number one seed Lake Norman and second seed Western Alamance after being one of the last teams to get into the tournament as a wild card.

The Panthers had been great too, and had come from behind wins each of their last three games.

"It is an emotional game, you score in bunches and that is how the momentum swings," Mark Burnam said. "Tonight they were just a little better."