Hilton Head High’s boys held off a challenge from May River for a 10-6 win in a budding Lowcountry rivalry.
Whit Molloy scored three goals, Chaz Renaud added a goal and two assists, and Owen Allain scored his first two varsity goals to lead the Seahawks’ attack.
The Seahawks were without several key players but got the job done on defense, as Colin Courtney collected 16 ground balls and eight takeaways and goalie Chris Valentino tallied 12 saves to lead the effort.
“Tonight was a bit different for us personnel-wise,” Seahawks coach Will Callegari said. “We knew going into it we were going to be missing a number of regular key players and that to win our younger guys had to step up. They rose to the occasion and got the job done. Could not be prouder of how they played.”
The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Sharks, who had not lost since Feb. 24.
Luke Boan scored two goals and Braydon Sokolowski had a goal and three assists to lead the Sharks.
“We were timid at the beginning of the game but came to fruition as the game went on,” May River coach Tom Dyer said. “Towards the end of the game, the emotion of the game got the best of us and resulted in some bad decisions. We will learn from these mistakes and work to improve, as the playoffs are around the corner.”
Despite the loss, Dyer was encouraged by his team’s progress considering the Seahawks won the first meeting 17-5 on Feb. 21.
“May River is a great team and has come leaps and bounds from where they were when we met in February,” Callegari said. “Tonight showed our program that this could very well be the beginnings of a new crosstown rivalry.”
May River (10-3) wraps up the regular season at Islands High at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Seahawks (8-3) host Eastside at 5 p.m. Thursday.
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