COLUMBIA –– There was a resounding feeling around Christ Church boys lacrosse as they walked off the field at Irmo High School on Saturday night:
“We will be back.”
The Cavaliers fell to Lucy Beckham, 10-8, in the Class AAAA boys lacrosse state championship. Lucy Beckham, in its second year existing as a school in Mount Pleasant dominated for three quarters and held off a late rally from Christ Church to hang on and win the title – a year after they lost in the AAAA title game themselves.
The Cavaliers were in the boys lacrosse state title game for the first time in program history. Christ Church also only has one senior, starting goalie Nico Ludkowski. Their coach, Joe Cummings, will begin coaching at an all-boys school in Memphis next academic year.
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A group of Cavalier underclassmen sat on the field after the game, watching Lucy Beckham celebrate what was very close to being theirs.
“They care,” said Cummings. “I think you saw that in the tears, and you saw that in the sadness … I’ve got a group of guys that are soaking this all up, they’re taking it all in. I want them to be hungry.
“I think with the staff that’s coming back, the new coach that’s coming in, I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for them to come back next year hungry and ready to run this back and try to overcome this.
“I’m excited to watch that journey unfold. (But), for me, I’m just grateful for these players … I think over time they’ll realize this is a really special season and they’ve got a lot to be proud of.”
Christ Church ended its season with a 14-5 overall record. Lucy Beckham led the entire game and held off five fourth-quarter goals by the Cavaliers.
For Christ Church, Hudson McCarthy, a freshman attackman, scored twice and sophomore Jack Henry Roye scored three times – all three came in the fourth quarter.
Lucy Beckman starts hot, hangs on late
From the jump, the Bengals led. It was 3-0, Lucy Beckman, at the end of the first quarter. Christ Church fired back and cut the deficit to 4-2 in the second quarter but couldn’t get closer until their final goal made it 10-8.
“They kind of dictated the tempo for a while,” Cummings said.
“We weren’t clean in some of the areas that we needed to be clean in. So for us, that was where the game got a little bit away from us. But I’m super proud of our guys because we just kept fighting. We didn’t give up. We had a chance there at the end, we kind of just ran out of time.”
‘Its always been about relationships’
Cummings, who has been boys lacrosse coach at Christ Church since 2016, is headed to Memphis University School in Memphis, Tennessee. With Cummings as head coach the Cavaliers went 47-40 across six seasons.
“For me, it’s always been about relationships,” he said Saturday. “It's like I told the boys, my employer may change, but my connection to them, my relationship to them, is not. I’ll still be connected to them … I’ve loved getting to know them. I’ve known many of these guys since they were eight or nine years old.
“I just feel very fortunate to have been a part of this program. It was always about trying to leave this place better than I found it and I think we’ve done that.”
Joe Dandron, a Michigan native and graduate of Michigan State University, covers high school sports for The Greenville News. Have a question, story idea, or story tip involving prep sports in the Upstate? Email him at email@example.com
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