High School Sports

Seahawks run off with tournament title

The double-teams can be frustrating. The lack of space even more so.

But while teams key in on Hilton Head High's top scorer, Nick Roberts, he has stayed patient over the past season and a half and let his teammates share the load. He knew the opportunities would come.

They came in bunches Saturday. And the senior attackman was ready to take advantage.

Roberts scored five goals in the first quarter, and the Seahawks defeated Charleston's club team 21-2 to win the championship of their inaugural tournament, the Hilton Head Invitational.

Roberts finished with a game-high six goals, all in the first half, which the Seahawks ended with a 15-1 lead. He scored nine goals in the two-day tournament.

"The defense was overplaying me. It was a perfect situation for me to get some shots on cage," Roberts said. "It was a nice change of pace. Usually the whole defense is guarding me."

Saturday's third-place game between Benedictine and Bluffton High School was canceled. The Seahawks defeated Benedictine 22-5 on Friday, and continued their offensive onslaught early and often in Saturday's title match.

Nine players scored for the Seahawks (6-0), including three each from junior Nick Bautista and sophomore Ross Lovette. Lovette saw extended playing time during the blowout, along with several of the team's reserves.

"I love to see all my teammates scoring goals -- it confuses the defense when they see everyone can score on our side," Roberts said. "They don't know how to guard it. A game like this, it opens up the opportunities."

Early in the season, it also has helped take the pressure off the rebuilding defense. Seahawks coach Joe Monmonier said he is still working on developing the back line of defense, which returned only starter Yannie Reynecke from last year's squad that reached the Lower State finals. Reynecke got a scare Saturday when he tweaked his knee, but he walked off the field on his own power.

Senior goalie Clayton Reed, a three-year starter, made three saves in the first half before giving way to backup Madison Gayle, who made two saves.

"We still need to work defensively a little bit better," Monmonier said. "We're still not where we need to be defensively. We're trying to shift guys around and find those guys we can count on in the rotation."

Hilton Head High returns to action Tuesday with a home match against Academic Magnet.

Hilton Head High 21, Charleston 2

Charleston: Camden Baggs 1, Kyle Florich 1.

Hilton Head High: Nick Roberts 6, Ross Lovette 3, Nick Bautista 3, John Ferrebee 2, Will Hagins 2, Charlie Jackson 2, Erik Rzeczycki 1, Tucker Roberts 1, Justin Shaw 1.