Charlotte Country Day raced out to a big lead over rival Charlotte Latin in Saturday's N.C Independent Schools' girls lacrosse state championship.
Then, the Bucs had to hold on for an 11-10 win that saw Latin trail 8-0 at halftime but score the game's final eight goals.
Country Day won its sixth straight state championship and beat Latin in the final for the second straight season. Country Day won its eighth state championship. The Bucs have played in every state final since 2009, the first year the NCISAA officially sanctioned the sport.
”This achievement is what happens when you focus only on the team, want to win for no one but the team, and look at each other and know that—no matter their role—every single team member on that field is an integral piece of the whole puzzle,” said head coach, Kristy Boyles. “I knew that they would get the job done because wanting to succeed for the teammate standing next to you is an incredibly strong mindset. I could do not be more proud of our senior leadership and this crew of incredible student-athletes. We are honored to coach them.”
Country Day finished the season 12-6, winning its final five games. Junior Taylor Riley and senior Thea Reddin each scored twice in that decisive first half for the Bucs.
Country Day eventually took an 11-2 lead with 23 minutes left to play.
That's when everything changed.
Charlotte Latin (12-5) began a huge run. Cece Colombo and Gracie Colombo each scored twice. Cece Colombo had Latin's final goal with 4:19 to play. From there, Country Day withstood some challenges and didn't up a score.
That allowed the Bucs to get state title No. 6 in a row.
Sadie Charles Calame led the Bucs with four goals. Riley and Reddin and Ellen Ambler Moseley had two each. Caroline Foster had the Bucs other goal.
For Latin, Gracie Colombo had four scores, Cece Colombo had two and Olivia Clements, Kate Anderson, Casey Thomsen and Virginia Troutman had one each.