Carolina Forest lacrosse players wore heavy hearts not only on their sleeves, but also their helmets in a home match against Chapin.

In a show of support for Chapin’s Jack Enright, who suffered severe injuries in a game earlier in the week, Carolina Forest players wore decals on their helmets to honor Enright and let him know the lacrosse community is thinking about him, said CFHS coach Adam Gross.

The team also raised more than $200 that will be donated to the family, Gross said.

Later, on the field, the show of solidarity turned into a win for the Panthers, as the Carolina Forest prevailed 16-8, improving the team’s record to 3-1.

“It was the first time this year we got going from the opening whistle,” Gross said. “It seems we usually have been getting off to a slow start and having to play catch up.”

Jump out to a fast start they did as the Panthers led 7-2 after the first quarter and went into halftime with an 11-3 lead.

“It was great to get a good lead, our defense played great tonight and it allowed us to get some guys some varsity playing time” Gross said.

Scoring for the Panthers were sophomore Joe Venazio with five goals and an assist; junior Sebastian Musumeci with four goals and two assists; junior Curtiss Pellegrino and Freshman Kaidon Hunt, each with two goals and three assists; senior Zach Earnest with a goal and two assists; junior Philip Gerber and sophomore Logan Thibodeau each had a goal.

Defensemen Joseph Gross had a game high 12 ground balls and freshman goalie Steven Elias made 12 saves to lead the defense.

In other action, the Panthers dropped an 18-9 decision to Academic Magnet.

The Raptors (2-4) were in control of every facet of the game, leading 10-4 at the half.

Carolina Forest just didn’t have an answer for Andrew Alberg (8) and Kyle Saavedra (5), who combined for 13 of Academic Magnet’s 18 points.

Leading the way for Carolina Forest was Curtis Pelligrino, who scored three goals. Joe Venazio had two goals, while Sebastian Musumeci, Steven Elias, Zach Earnest and Kaidon Hunt each scored goals.

On the field, Philip Gerber had seven ground balls, followed by Pelligrino, who had six. Josh Reffey had three ground balls.

Elias recorded 20 saves in the net.

Girls rebound from two-game skid

In girls’ action, the Lady Panthers defeated Waccamaw 14-1, rebounding from a pair of losses against Socastee (11-3) and Ashley Hall (17-9).

In the Waccamaw contest, 10 Carolina Forest players scored at least one goal.

Aly Estes, Samantha Custer, Lee Adi and Ally Brannon each had two goals. Custer and Estes lead in fielding, each recording five ground balls. Dannie Johnson had nine saves in the net.

Chronicle editor Michael Smith contributed to this report.

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