High School Sports

Charlotte Latin’s Carson Song is Observer boys’ lacrosse player of the year

Charlotte Latin lacrosse star Carson Song
Charlotte Latin lacrosse star Carson Song Ellen Kazura/Charlotte Latin

Carson Song was one of 22 Charlotte Latin seniors who hoped to end their careers with a state championship this season.

Song, the Observer boys’ lacrosse player of the year, did it again helping lead his Latin team to its fourth straight NCISAA state title.

Song was named All-American and NCISAA player of the year for the second year in a row, scoring 46 goals and dishing out 80 assists.

Song, who has signed to play college lacrosse at Brown University, also set a Latin school record for points in a career with 426 (170 goals, 256 assists).

Charlotte Latin coach Dick Sipperly is the Observer’s coach of the year after leading his team to his another state championship season.

Latin (17-3) enjoyed another dominant season, outscoring opponents 281 to 156, capping it with a 15-10 victory over Ravenscroft in the state final.

Sipperly and his senior class have gone 70-10 the past four seasons.

2015 Charlotte Observer boys’ lacrosse team

All Observer Boys’ Lacrosse Player of the Year: Carson Song, Charlotte Latin.

All Observer Boys’ Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Dick Sipperly, Charlotte Latin.

First Team


Carson Song, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: Two-time All-American, NCISAA Player of the Year, Brown University signee had another banner season with 46 goals, 80 assists.

Peter Pittroff, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.: All-American, all-state selection had 55 goals, 68 assists.

Eric Dickinson, Myers Park, Jr.: All-American, all-state pick had a school-record 70 goals.

Owen Armstrong, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: All-American, all-state selection added 59 goals this season to his school-record of 183 goals in Latin career.

Jackson Harris, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: Was co-offensive MVP for his NCHSAA state runner-up team, scoring 50 goals. Has committed to play for Mercer.


Trevor Miller, Lake Norman, Soph.: All-American, all-state and committed to Hofstra. Had 39 goals and 20 assists this season,

Jackson Monnin, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: Lehigh University, two-time, All-American, all-state pick had 43 goals, 21 assists.

Jack Rich, Marvin Ridge, Sr.: Conference offensive player of the year had 34 goals helping lead his team to a 1A/2A/3A state runner-up finish.

Robbie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: Catholic’s other co-offensive MVP emerged in the midfield when all-state performers Jake Priester and James Powers went down with injuries.

Cory Van Ginhoven, Butler, Jr.: All-state pick led Bulldogs with 65 goals, also had 18 assists.

Long Stick Midfielder

Logan Benson, Lake Norman Charter, Jr.: All-American, all-state pick had 43 groundballs, also won 60 percent of his faceoffs.


Camden Porta, Marvin Ridge, Jr.: Mavericks’ MVP won 70 percent of his faceoffs, also had 35 goals, led team in scoring in the playoff run.


Austin Vogel, Lake Norman, Sr.: All-American, all-state defender was team MVP; conference defensive player of the year. Has signed with Mercer.

John Donohue, Charlotte Country Day, Jr.: An All-American, all-state pick had 98 groundballs, 25 takeaways. Committed to Colgate.

Zach Strassner, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: All-state, was Cougars’ top defender. Has committed to play for Delaware.

Clifton Mathis, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: Two-time all-state pick had 51 groundballs, 21 takeaways. Signed with Holy Cross.

Ben Davidson, Fort Mill, Jr.: Two-time S.C. all-state pick also voted an All-American this season with 52 groundballs, 33 takeaways.


Grant Portwood, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.: All-American, all-state goalkeeper played his best in the biggest games. Had 72 percent save percentage for season.

Second Team


Zach Defazio, Lake Norman Charter, Jr.

Shane Hanlon, Marvin Ridge, Sr.

Seamus Byrne, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.

Jared Blum, Marvin Ridge, Sr.

Jake Hogan, Lake Norman, Jr.

John Barbee, Providence, Sr.


Danny Brenner, Cannon School, Sr.

Zak Butz, Charlotte Catholic, Jr.

Hudson Harris, Lake Norman Charter, Sr.

Justice Woods, Community School of Davidson, Jr.

Riv Lambert, Clover, Sr.

Luke Gentlesk, Charlotte Christian, Jr./Frank Cook, Providence, Sr.

Long Stick Midfielders

Noah Strassner, Charlotte Catholic, Jr./Gage Pulliam, Fort Mill, Jr.


Benny Thompson, Lake Norman, Sr.


Nick Piselli, Community School of Davidson, Sr.

Adam Buttrey, Weddington, Sr.

Nick Rizzieri, Charlotte Catholic, Sr

Dugan McDermott, Marvin Ridge, Sr.

Griffin Stechmiller, Lake Norman Charter, Sr.


Fischer Schiemer, Lake Norman, Jr.

James Marino, Marvin Ridge, Jr.