FORT MILL --
The second-ranked Fort Mill Yellow Jackets boys lacrosse team proved just how strong they were as they beat Dorman 19-6.
Led by seniors Tyler Namowicz and Trevor Wylie, as well as juniors Ethan Gray and Wyatt Phillips, Fort Mill dominated the match from the opening face-off.
All four Fort Mill players scored four goals each as they combined for a 16 of the Jackets 19 points.
The Jackets opened the game up by going up 7-0 after the first quarter. Gray scored about 90 seconds into the game and from there, Fort Mill controlled the face-offs and stayed on the attack.
Junior Carlo Harneit added the second goal of the game at 7:14 in the first and Gray scored less than a minute later.
Namowicz added a goal at 4:33 and then 20 seconds later Wylie scored his first goal of the contest to make it 5-0.
Both Phillips and junior Mitch Russell would score before the end of the first quarter as well.
After Dorman switched out their goals to begin the second quarter, the Jackets offense slowed some, but still was able to keep an advantage on Dorman.
Fort Mill would go up 10-0 before Dorman would score with about five minutes left in the first half. From there, Dorman would outscore the Jackets 4-2 to end the half with Fort Mill up 12-4.
With a 12-point lead in boy’s lacrosse, the clock runs constantly and Fort Mill first-year coach Steve Nadolski kept his instructions to his team simple.
“I said let’s get it to 12 goals and let’s get out of here,” he said.
Fort Mill did just that and started the second half like they did the first and scored six straight goals to go up 18-4. Dorman would add one goal in the third and another in the fourth quarter, but could not cut the Jackets’ lead under 12.
Nadolski said he feels good about where his team is at the beginning of the season and feels like they can go pretty far.
“We have got a shot,” he said. “We just have to focus on every game as it comes along. We have some good opportunities to grown as lacrosse players.”
In a game later in the week, Fort Mill edged Weddington 13-12 as Russell scored five of the Jackets’ goals and also had five assists. Wylie, Gray and senior Brandon Racer each had two goals in the game and Philips added a goal as well.
With the win, Fort Mill improved to 4-1 on the season.