FORT MILL --
With a win over Spartanburg, the Nation Ford Falcons boys’ lacrosse team topped last year’s win total and now has six wins on the season.
The Falcons beat Spartanburg 7-4 in a very physical game that saw Nation Ford knock off the ninth-ranked team in the state.
Now ranked 13th itself, Nation Ford is improving in the team’s sophomore season. Until last year, Nation Ford players competed on a combined team with Fort Mill High.
“We are taking it day by day and we are playing together as a team,” said Falcons’ head coach Brian Holland.
Spartanburg was 5-1 coming into the game, but Nation Ford controlled things from the beginning and despite some struggles in the second half, the Falcons never relinquished the lead.
“We got a little sloppy offensively,” Holland said. “We stopped moving the ball. We had a good first quarter. Our defense is going to keep us in a lot of games.”
Nation Ford got it going by scoring just 69 seconds into the contest as junior Matt Moore slung one past the Spartanburg goalie to catch he Vikings by surprise. Roughly over four minutes later, the Falcons extended their lead as freshman Billy Luther, who had a hat trick in the game, scored the first of his three goals to put Nation Ford up 2-0.
The Falcons added a third goal in the opening quarter on junior Justin Gould’s goal with just over one minute left.
In the second quarter, Luther got his second goal to put Nation Ford up 4-0 when he put one in the back of the net at 10:25 left in the half.
Spartanburg finally got on the board to prevent what looked as if was going to be a Falcons blowout, when the Vikings scored with 2:15 left in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Vikings really made a game of it as they scored two goals to make it 4-3, but Luther came back with under around six minutes left and gave Nation Ford some breathing room with his third goal of the game. Moore again extended the Falcons’ lead as he came back and scored his second goal of the game with 3:30 left in the quarter to make it 6-3.
Spartanburg added another goal before the end of the third quarter to stay within striking distance of Nation Ford.
The Vikings controlled the ball the majority of the fourth quarter and kept Falcons junior goalie Matt Quill stay on his toes. Quill had 14 saves for Nation Ford.
Nation Ford added one more goal in the fourth quarter to distance itself from Spartanburg for good as senior Sean Hare capped things off for the Falcons.
Later in the week, Nation Ford tore through Christ Church winning 12-0. Scoring goals for the Falcons was Gould (2), Hare (2), Luther (2), Jake Couchenour (2), Moore, Cameron Gibson, Alex Skidmore and Garrett Davis.
Nation Ford now has road games at Audrey Kell and Eastside this week before returning home against South Meck March 25.