The Charleston Tribe boys’ lacrosse team is hoping the third time is the charm.
The team, which is comprised primarily of athletes who attend Dorchester Two schools, has made the South Carolina Independent Lacrosse League championship game the past two years but came up just short. This season, the Tribe is 6-0 with only two games remaining before the playoffs begin April 26. Adding to the team’s hopes is that the Tribe has already defeated both of its final two opponents earlier this season.
“Last year we only lost two games,” Tribe spokesperson Peter Collins Sr. said. “They were both to the team that ended up winning the championship. However, across the league all the teams are pretty even. They are all competitive.”
Other teams currently in the league are Camden Military School, Beaufort, Savannah, Savannah Christian, Rincon and Rock Hill. All are club teams as opposed to high school teams such as Wando or Academic Magnet.
All but eight of the 24 players on the Tribe’s roster attend either Summerville, Ashley Ridge or Fort Dorchester High School. Two of the eight players without ties to District Two attend Ridge Christian Academy and the others attend Wando, Stratford, First Baptist or Palmetto Christian Academy.
Logan Bryant, Buzz Crossland, Bryce Landers, Jourdain Mast, Justin Woods and Tyler Paxson are among the team’s leading scorers. Cullen Rahman is the team’s goalkeeper and he typically makes around 15 saves per game.
Other members of the team are Carson Jones, Keegan Sell, Tristan Sekula, Jacob Trodglen, Chase Perdue, Chris Cooper, Kody Toman, Layton Boyce, Cameron Berl, Nick Kendall, Daniel Lin, Ryan Martin, David Locke Glenn III, Justin Lawlor, Grant Matthew Davidson, Joseph Storey and Garyson Jones.
Justin Thomas and Peter Collins Jr. are the Tribe’s coaches.
On Tuesday, the Tribe earned a 10-9 victory over Camden Military Academy. The team travels to Rincon April 5 and then hosts Savannah April 12 at the Danny Jones Sports Complex in North Charleston.
The Tribe’s girls’ team is off to a slower start this season. The girls are 1-1, but still have six games to play before the playoffs.
Both teams are run by volunteers through the Charleston Youth Lacrosse organization, which has a tight budget.
“We run our program strictly on the registration fees that the players pay,” Peter Sr. said. “We operate on about $4,000 a year and that takes care of about 20 boys and 20 girls in the program.”
More information on the organization can be found at charlestonyouthlacrosse.org.