The Charleston Tribe boys’ lacrosse team capped a perfect season with a 9-5 victory over Savannah Christian on May 3 to claim the 2014 South Carolina Independent Lacrosse League Championship.
The Tribe, which is comprised primarily of athletes who attend Dorchester Two schools, has advanced to the league championship game for the past three seasons but this is the first year the team has won to claim the title. The Tribe finishes the season with a 10-0 record.
“The team pulled it together for the championship,” Tribe coach Peter Collins Jr. said. “The first half started off slow and scary but once our guys relaxed we started moving the ball and playing well.”
The Tribe took a 2-0 lead in the first half and built on it in the second half. Collins says it was a unified team effort that was led by the Tribe’s veterans.
“The hustle and intensity were there the whole time,” Collins said. “The veterans were playing with a big chip on their shoulders.
“We played as a team and earned it as a team.”
Senior Bryce Landers led the way on the offensive end and finished with a hat trick. Collins says Savannah Christian attempted to lock down Jourdain Mast so he couldn’t touch the ball. However, the strategy got mixed results as Mast still played a key roll in helping the Tribe move the ball, and scored a backhanded goal.
“Our guys really played like gentleman and kept their composure,” Collins said. “After taking criticisms from the other team, Justin Woods went from one end to another to score. He allowed his play to do the talking for him. Carson Jones made plays up and down the field. He did everything a great defenseman is supposed to.
“Logan Bryant did a fantastic job on face-offs and playing both ends of the field.”
Tribe goalkeeper Cullen Rahman also made a difference in the game.
“He made many one-on-one saves,” Collins said. “His biggest test was when a player tried to do a back-hand shot directly in front of the goal. He stopped it without a problem and really fired the team up.”
Other members of the championship team are Buzz Crossland, Tyler Paxson, 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 helps Collins coach the team.
For more information on the Tribe or youth lacrosse, visit charlestonyouthlacrosse.org.