Tucker Hull wanted to prove he was one of the best players on one of the best teams in the state.
Monday night, he let his play do all the talking as Hull scored five goals and dished out one assist to lead Providence to its first City Championship in school history with a 12-9 win against Charlotte Country Day at Ardrey Kell High.
“Tucker Hull takes over games, that’s what he does,” Providence coach William Humphrey said. “He is the best player in the state, and no matter what you do, he is going to find a way to be a playmaker.”
Hull, who will play lacrosse at the U.S. Naval Academy next season, found his way into the net early and often, netting a hat-trick with three goals in the first quarter, all unassisted.
“He is so good, that sometimes he just takes over games without even noticing,” Providence junior Braxton Deaver said. “But tonight, as good as he was, he didn’t have to do everything. It was as good as we have ever played as a team.”
Deaver, named the tournament most valuable player after scoring five goals in a 20-19 overtime win against Catholic on Saturday night, came up big again in the championship game. He scored three goals and had two assists to help Hull lead the way.
“Hull and Deaver are like two iron horses,” Humphrey said. “They never get tired. It seems like they could play for days.”
While Hull and Deaver led the offense, goalkeeper Pete Wesselman was also huge on the defensive end with 15 saves, including eight in the third quarter, when the Panthers turned a 6-5 halftime advantage into a 9-5 lead.
“Our goalie was phenomenal,” Humphrey said. “He not only kept us in the game, but he also dominated at times.”