High School Lacrosse

Hilton Head High boys breeze past Spring Valley in lacrosse playoff opener

mmccombs@islandpacket.comApril 3, 2013 

Spring Valley dominated the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's Class 3-A boys playoff lacrosse match at Hilton Head Island High School.

Fortunately for the Seahawks, they dominated the other three.

Hilton Head High got five goals and four assists from Nate Jones as it routed Spring Valley 14-3 to advance to the second round of the playoffs with its sixth straight win.

"We were just the better team," Hilton Head High coach Dennis Daly said. "We thought we were, based on playing a tougher schedule."

The Seahawks advance to face Wando, a 22-4 winner over Ridge View, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Thomas Farrell added three goals and an assist, and Will Urbin had two goals and an assist for the Seahawks (8-4). Brent Stringer, Holden Bryant, Ross Lovett and Bentley Moors had single goals for Hilton Head High.

Sam Jones and Madison Gayle combined for 10 saves in goal for Hilton Head High.

Daly said the goal before the season is to put together a schedule that is "challenging enough to test you," so that when the Seahawks get to the playoffs, they're ready. When Hilton Head High hit a rough patch, Daly said he wondered if his schedule was too tough.

"We were at the point when we played against Spartanburg, where if we don't win, we didn't feel like we'd get in," Daly said.

That preceded the Seahawks' winning streak that carried them into the postseason. But despite Tuesday's convincing win, Daly said his team didn't get as much out of it as he would have liked.

"I don't know that we got better tonight," Daly said. "We weren't tested."

Still, there were things Daly liked.

"We had good intensity," Daly said. "The kids went to the goal and there was a lot of unselfish play. And we got some good play out of our (midfield). And that's what we were looking for."

As well as the Seahawks played, Daly said they wouldn't defeat Wando if they played the way they did Tuesday night.

"We're going to have to possess the ball," Daly said. "I think our attack may be clicking well enough right now that maybe we can hold it against their defense. But we're going to have to solve their goalkeeper."

The Seahawks all but ended the game in the first quarter Tuesday, taking a commanding 8-1 lead. Four goals by Jones and two each by Farrell and Urbin surrounded a Spring Valley goal by Gerrard Smith.

Hilton Head High added four goals in the second quarter and two in the third quarter before the Vikings (9-3) closed out the scoring with goals by Eli Burch and Kyle Stifler.

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