Dennis Daly promised a more-balanced, spread-out attack this year for his new Hilton Head Island High School boys lacrosse team.
So far, the Seahawks are living up to his word.
Twelve different players scored at least one goal Wednesday night, as Hilton Head High routed rival Bluffton, 19-1, for its eighth consecutive victory over the Bobcats.
The Seahawks haven't lost to their rivals from across the bridge since a 12-3 setback on March 6, 2009.
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"In the offseason, a lot of us worked on sticks a lot more," attacker Nate Jones said. "So we're a lot more confident. We have about seven or eight guys that we can turn to to look to score on every play. That's the biggest thing for us right now."
Jones led the onslaught with three goals and an assist, joining five other players who cracked the scoring column multiple times. The junior highlighted his evening with a fancy shot behind the back midway through the second quarter that put Hilton Head High up 10-0.
"They played unselfishly," Daly said. "I think they're starting to have some fun knowing that if they pass the ball they're going to get it back. This is a lot closer to the vision of what we thought we could do."
Hilton Head High (2-0) jumped out early, as Jones found Ross Lovette near the goal just 53 seconds into the game. The veteran then tallied a score of his own 1:16 later to push the lead to 2-0. The Seahawks never looked back from there, taking a 7-0 lead over Bluffton (0-2) into the second quarter before pouring it on over the final three periods.
"Going into the season, I talked to Coach Daly a bunch," Jones said. "He was saying, 'You're the man.' But the coaches have really helped me by surrounding me with really great players. ... Guys are starting to step up now.
"We're gelling as a team, but offensively we're starting to look better. Most of the goals tonight were all assisted, and that was great. That was the biggest thing we wanted to do coming in."
Hilton Head High boys 19, Bluffton 1
Bluffton -- Devin Oliver 1
Hilton Head High -- Nate Jones 3, Ross Lovette 2, Alex Matousek 2, Tucker Roberts 2, James Urbin 2, Drew Lovette 2, Brent Stringer 1, Andrew Roberson 1, Will Urbin 1, Skyler Kirkpatrick 1, Layton Kirby 1, Chase Rinehart 1
Hilton Head High girls 11, Bluffton 5
Kathleen Marshall wasn't sure what she was going to get out of her Hilton Head High girls lacrosse team this week.
The Seahawks have spent most of the past several days indoors, as the rains continued to come down in the Lowcountry. Marshall's team worked on doubling up, sliding on defense and adjusting in transitions, but how those lessons translated to the field was still in question.
"I was a little nervous because we've been inside the whole week," she said. "... (It's) really hard in the gym."
No worries, coach. The Seahawks raced out to a 7-1 lead on Bluffton midway through the first half and never looked back, claiming an 11-5 victory over the Bobcats. The win was the first for Marshall, who was making her home debut after Meg Hendy spent 14 years at the helm of the program.
"It felt great, especially against the Bobcats, who we have great respect for," she said. "You always want to win that one. Always."
Freshman Katy Bautista and sophomore Haley Matousek led the way with three goals apiece. Bautista, playing in her first home game, showed flashes of her older brother Nick, who earned All-American status with the boys team last season as a senior.
"The freshman jumped out there unafraid and (went) for it," Marshall said. "She's not a shy girl, so she's going to be aggressive out there in doing what she does. But she definitely has the temperament to go out there and get it done."
Bluffton -- Megan Laseter 3, Katie Sills 1, Camille James 1
Hilton Head High -- Katy Bautista 3, Haley Matousek 3, Carson Kendrick 2, Jessica Morris 1, Abby Ogden 1, Tristyn Sheaffer 1