Carson Song has seemingly done it all over the course of his lacrosse career at Charlotte Latin. He holds the school record for career points, has three state titles to his name, is an all-American and a two-time all-state selection, he’s committed to Brown University, he boasts a 4.7 GPA and he still has his senior year in front of him to add to all he’s accomplished.
The Hawks’ star attacker quickly made a name for himself as a freshman, scoring 24 goals and adding another 24 assists, helping lead his team to their first N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association title since 2005. He didn’t disappoint the next year as he led the Hawks to their second consecutive title with 42 goals and 60 assists, becoming the first Hawk to surpass the 100-point marker in a season.
But Song was unstoppable this season. Spearheading the potent Latin offense that helped the Hawks finish the season 20-1 with their third consecutive state title, Song poured in 58 goals and 92 assists while scoring his 100th career goal and becoming Latin’s all-time career leader in points (300) and goals scored (124). On top of his already lofty accomplishments, Song was voted the NCISAA Player of the Year and is now the 2014 South Charlotte Weekly Lacrosse Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Despite exceptional performances that have earned him numerous headlines for his Latin team and made him a household name for lacrosse fans across the state, Song is quick to acknowledge that his success is far from being a one-man effort.
“The last three years we’ve had a lot of good players come through here,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to play with some really talented guys. Our starting offense, that starting six, has always been really talented and I’m lucky to play with guys that know the game, know how I play and I know how they play. We have really good team chemistry and that teamwork has allowed us to develop and have some success.”
Song’s team-first attitude is evident in his own stats – Song has totaled 176 assists in the last three years, outnumbering the number of goals he’s scored by 52. But he said that’s the character of the team as guys like Owen Armstrong and Jackson Monnin are eager to dish the ball out to their teammates.
“Our whole team has that mindset,” he said. “We have a really high percentage of goals that come off of assists. That shows that we’re willing to be unselfish with the ball and will play good, smart offense and make the passes. It’s not one guy versus six defenders. It’s all six of us working together and moving the ball not caring about who gets the goal. We don’t have the distraction of working just for stats.”
The Hawks have certainly had their share of talent come through the esteemed program – not to mention experienced coaching from Dick Sipperly, who’s been at Latin since 2004, has more than 30 years experience on the sidelines and was named this season’s N.C. Coach of the Year by U.S. Lacrosse. But Song, selfless as he may be, has raw talent that’s undoubtedly catapulted the Hawks to the top of NCISAA lacrosse.
In a tied 2013 state title game against Providence Day with just more than one minute to play, Song drove up the sideline and fired the game-winning score with 36 seconds left on the clock.
This year, Song’s seven assists helped the Hawks blaze past Durham Academy with a 13-4 win, leaving the Cavaliers scoreless until the end of the third quarter – a far cry from the first time the two teams met on March 7 when the Hawks barely squeaked out a 3-2 win.
“That shows two things,” Song said of their dominating championship win. “It shows how much we grew and developed as a team in terms of increasing our abilities and it shows that, even though we were projected to have some success and had a lot of talent, we worked hard through the season to go above and beyond what people thought we would become.
“It shows a lot about our team character. Even though we were on top in terms of projections, we were still working hard at practice every day and that was the result. We came out firing from all cylinders in that game and we played the most complete game of our season. That’s all you can ask for.”
With three state titles already under his belt and his senior year on the horizon – not to mention a collegiate career at Brown – Song hopes the Hawks’ selfless play will carry them through his final season.
“Our expectations are definitely high,” he said. “We want to go out like that. My goal is to continue the character mindset of the team in terms of working hard despite the competition we face and making the season as memorable as possible. That’s important to me for my senior year.”