While Saturday’s high school boys lacrosse matchup between Greenbrier and Lakeside was just a preseason scrimmage, it had all the intensity of a regular-season game.
Greenbrier jumped out to a 5-1 first period lead, but the Panthers roared back in the second period and tied the game at six at halftime.
In the second half, the varsity took a seat and let the junior varsity take over, with Greenbrier winning 10-7 in front of their home fans.
“There was a lot of intensity out there, a lot of tension,” said Wolfpack senior Clay Singletary, who scored twice and had an assist.
Both coaches were generally happy with their team’s performances, but know they have areas they need to work on.
“I felt pretty good when we were up 5-1,” said Wolfpack head coach Jeff Becker. “Our defense has got to improve and our offense has got to keep the ball more.”
Panthers head coach Ron Ritter hoped his varsity squad learned from their differences in play from the first and second period.
“Our guys found out if you don’t stand around you can score,” Ritter said.
Lakeside senior defender Bernie Silverstein wanted to win Saturday as part of payback for losing to Greenbrier for the first time last year, and had mixed feelings about the tie.
“I can’t say I’m happy, but it’s not a loss,” he said. “I look forward to practice Tuesday to fix what’s wrong.”
Lakeside opens its season at home 7 p.m. Thursday against Irmo, while the Wolfpack head to St. Pius X on Friday at 5:30 p.m. for their season-opener.