Nation Ford’s Tyler DeMarco sprints down field towards the goal in leading the Falcons Thursday night.

It wasn’t the opener that the Nation Ford Falcons boys’ lacrosse team had hoped for, but first year head coach Cory Turner knows its not how you start, but how you finish.

The Falcons fell 15-4 to Providence Day School in their season opener. Providence Day opened the game with seven consecutive goals, before Nation Ford could put a dent on the scoreboard.

“There were some nerves,” Turner said. “They don’t know how to win yet. We have to battle against adversity.”

Nation Ford was down 5-0 after the first quarter. Providence Day added two more goals to open the second quarter, before Ty Keaton scored with just under nine minutes left in the half.

Providence Day would score less than a minute later to make it 8-1, before the Falcons fought their way back into the game to score three consecutive goals and make a game of it.

Ashton Tauzin scored the Falcons’ second goal of the game with just under six minutes left in the first half, and Tyler DeMarco rattled off two straight goals to make it 8-4. Just when it looked as if Nation Ford was going to get back into the game, Providence Day scored two goals within 10 seconds and took a 10-4 lead at the half.

The second half was all Providence Day as they controlled possession, won groundballs, and converted turnovers. Providence Day scored five second half goals as they continuously peppered Nation Ford’s defense.

“We have to get better and play better,” Turner said. “I knew the first game or two would be difficult for us.”

Nation Ford continues with a pretty hard schedule to open the season as they are scheduled to face Myers Park Saturday at home.

Lady Copperheads make history

The Catawba Ridge girls’ lacrosse team picked up the first victory in program history Thursday night beating Butler High School 9-8 in overtime. Krysten Wallace scored the game winning goal in overtime for the Copperheads.

The Catawba Ridge boys’ lacrosse team opened their season falling on the road 14-6 to River Bluff.

The Fort Mill boys’ lacrosse team opened its season with a 7-6 win over Providence High School at home.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep