After going 3-0 in Tuesday’s state semifinals, Country Day teams will appear in three state championship matches on Saturday, in addition to the state track and field meet. The track and field, girls’ lacrosse, and boys’ tennis teams will compete for state titles locally, while the boys’ lacrosse team will travel to Asheville.
The girls’ lacrosse team, winners of the past four North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships, went undefeated against fellow NCISAA teams in the regular season. The team will host Charlotte Latin, the second seed in this year’s tournament. The Hawks will be making their first girls’ lacrosse title game appearance, but they played Country Day as close as anyone in the state this year, falling 13-10 and 11-9 in their two regular season games against the Bucs. The championship game will be played on Country Day’s Blythe Field, with a 12 pm start time.
The boys’ lacrosse team played one of the toughest schedules in the state this season, which prepared them for a tough road in the state playoffs. The Bucs fought back from a three-goal deficit to earn a 7-5 win over Charlotte Latin in the first round. On Tuesday night, they had to play Providence Day on the road, eventually grinding their way to a 10-7 win over the Chargers in a grueling, back-and-forth duel. The Bucs will travel to Christ School for a 1 pm tilt against the top-seeded Greenies, who earned a 14-9 win over the Bucs in both teams’ regular season finale.
Undefeated in the regular season, the boys’ tennis team will be playing for its first state championship since 2011. The Bucs will take on Providence Day for the title. The Bucs put together an impressive 2017 campaign, but the Chargers were formidable foes, losing in a close 6-3 matchup just two weeks ago. The championship match will take place at UNC-Charlotte's Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex at 10 am.
Track and Field
At last week’s CISAA conference track and field meet, the Bucs faced some of the toughest competition in the state, and both the boys’ and girls’ teams came away with runner-up finishes. Country Day earned individual conference championships in the girls’ discus, girls’ shot put, girls’ 800-meter run, and boys’ 400-meter dash, as well as wins in the boys’ 4x200 and 4x400 relays. The meet, hosted by Winthrop University, will begin at 3 pm Friday afternoon and will continue at 10 am Saturday morning.
“Tuesday was a great day for us, and it sets us up for what we’re hoping will be an even better day on Saturday. Every team around the state starts out the season hoping to make it to championship Saturday. The fact that we have four different teams who have achieved that goal is reflective of all the good work put in by our student-athletes and coaches this year. We’re excited to see what they can do this weekend.
--Abe Wehmiller, Director of Athletics