Congratulations to the Fort Mill High boys lacrosse team for winning the 2011 state championship in only their second year as a sanctioned high school sport. Fort Mill beat defending champ Greenville High 16-12 to win the first lacrosse title in school history. Mac Banks of the Fort Mill Times posted the following article and I wanted to pass it along as well. Congratulations once again from the Andy Bovender Team!
By Mac Banks – firstname.lastname@example.org
Three letters embodied a whole season for the Fort Mill High boys lacrosse team. With their team trailing 11-10 after the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets faithful at White Knoll High School for the state championship game started chanting, “FQO, FQO.”
The letters stand for “fourth quarter ours” and that is exactly what it was as Fort Mill outscored Greenville High 6-1 in the final quarter to get a 16-12 win and its first state lacrosse title, ripping the title out of the hands of the Red Raiders, who have had a death grip on the state championship for the past five years.
“That was our quarter today,” said Fort Mill head coach Jim Van Blarcom. “It is exciting for our team. I am so proud for our kids. The kids played a heck of a game.”
Fort Mill finished the season 15-2, with one of their losses to Greenville earlier in the season. This was just the second year the state High School League has recognized the sport, but it has been played as part of the South Carolina Lacrosse League for the past several years with local high schools sponsoring teams. Fort Mill has had a team for the past five years. The seniors on the Jackets’ squad have been part of the program since it began.
The game was back and forth for the majority of the game, until the Jackets dominated the fourth quarter. Junior goalie D.J. Quill made seven of his 16 saves in the final period.
The Jackets, who dined at Burger King to celebrate their state title afterward, were led by senior Steve Blanchard, who scored five goals and freshman Mitch Russell, who scored three goals.
Russell said playing for his teammates inspired him in the game.
“I wanted to do this for the seniors,” he said. “They have worked hard for this for so long. I wanted to give this to them. It feels great.”