FORT MILL — One look at Fort Mill High’s boys’ lacrosse schedule and it’s obvious this year won’t be a cakewalk.
The Yellowjackets opened the season with a 2-1 start.
Fort Mill blew past AC Flora 19-3 but then fell to Providence Day 6-2 before bouncing back against Wando, which beat the Jackets for the state championship last season.
The game against Providence Day showed head coach Steve Nadolski the Jackets have a few areas to improve.
“We came out with good effort,” Nadolski said. “It was a wakeup call to us. There was some good things that came out of it, but we got some things to work on, too.”
Fort Mill was down 3-0 early to Providence Day and didn’t get its first goal until the second quarter, when senior Wyatt Phillips scored to make it 3-1 with 2:33 left. The Jackets stayed on defense most of the game as Providence Day out-muscled them on face-offs and won a lot of ground balls.
Fort Mill struggled in its passing game, allowing turnovers and ground balls Providence Day was able to scoop up.
Fort Mill was able to add one more goal as senior Mitch Russell scored just 29 seconds into the final period. That made things 5-2 Providence Day but gave the Jackets some hope for a rally before they allowed another goal that put the game out of reach.
Fort Mill’s schedule will only get harder from here, as it will have to contend with both North Carolina and South Carolina teams. The Jackets will play Myers Park, Weddington, Cuthbertson and Charlotte Latin from the Tar Heel state and take on Dorman, Spartanburg, Greenville and Chapin from this side of the border, not to mention the rivalry game April 5 against Nation Ford at Bob Jones Stadium.
The Jackets will take on Myers Park and Dorman this week on the road before returning home against Marvin Ridge at 7 p.m. March 13.