by Lynn Ramsey
We’re in an COVID-19 era where endeavors previously taken for granted, such as the opportunity to play high school sports, are now treasured.
That, Winter Park High boys lacrosse coach Ryan Healey said, is one of the reasons his team performed so well in a showdown of unbeatens against Oviedo on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats turned the marquee matchup into a mismatch, winning 18-0 at home at Showalter Field with Ryan Roberts lighting the flame with three goals in the first 18 minutes of play. He finished with four goals and two assists, and Bronson Dowdell added four more goals as the host Wildcats dominated the non-district match at Showalter Field.
“We were sloppy a lot in the beginning of the year,” Healey said. “But once we realized when some of these other teams had to take two-week breaks [due to COVID cases or concerns], we really realized what a special time it is to play together with a special group of kids. I think that’s something they’ve embraced, and that’s a big part of our success.”
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