District 11 – Can Montverde Leap To The Top?

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District 11 was dominated by West Orange last year but with graduation of Mikey Berkman it’s hard to handicap where the District ends up this year.  Montverde Academy has shown a desire to make waves in lacrosse and has hired US Lacrosse Hall of Famer Brooks Sweet to run the program.

Lake Minneola is also showing program improvement, Apopka has had nice records and Windermere High is coming off a nice first varsity year.

In the first round of the FHSAA West Orange was beaten soundly by Bishop Moore after playing only one close district game, the district final win over Lake Minneola and in retrospect I think keeping them ranked at the end was tenuous at best.

This is wide open.

Last season’s Regular Season records via MaxPreps (Note: possibility not all results were uploaded):

School Name *W-L *Pct. W-L Pct. GF GA
West Orange 7-0 1.000 14-1 0.933 258 92
Lake Minneola 5-2 0.714 10-7-1 0.583 227 160
Montverde Academy 5-2 0.714 11-4 0.733 219 127
Apopka 4-3 0.571 9-7 0.563 182 161
Windermere 4-3 0.571 6-6 0.500 144 109
East Ridge 2-5 0.286 4-8 0.333 100 156
Evans 0-6 0.000 0-11 0.000 13 202
Ocoee 0-6 0.000 3-12 0.200 89 216
  • * Denotes district data.

One other thing that makes this season hard to prognosticate is that I received only one questionnaire back from the 8 schools . . . it could be 7 teams now because after asking many contacts and calling the school twice I still don’t know who the Evans head coach is . . . or if they are even playing this season.

I’ll start with the only respondent and hopefully this will shake the rest out of their lethargy.

Lake Minneola 10-7, lost in the district final

Head Coach Bill Larkin provided us with the following:

What are your expectations this season for the team?

Compete for district championship

Who are the returning players who will make a difference this season?

Dionee Cortes , Kaleb Roehn, Kevin Ray, Gunnar Uutinen and Chase Meinhart

What players do you expect to step up this year that didn’t get much playing time last year?

Jordan Sleeth, Carter Hodge, Coltin Lipham, Spencer McMillion, Micheal McCleskey

What are the games you are really looking forward to this season?

ALL

West Orange 14-1, lost in the FHSAA first round

New West Orange Head Coach Fred White moves over from an assistant slot at Hagerty to take over and here’s his insights:

What are your expectations this season for the team?

As a first year HC at West Orange I’m looking to continue the tradition and
compete for a district and metro championship

Who are the returning players who will make a difference this season?

SR A Matthew Nastasi (Florida Southern) 40g/45a
SR G Sam Malaussena (Palm Beach Atlantic) 64% went 11-1 as a starter last year
SR D Robert Luette 2g/1a 75 gb

What players do you expect to step up this year that didn’t get much playing
time last year?

SR M Patrick Rapport 12g/6a
JR M Thomas Roth 20g/8a
JR A Logan Odier 9g/2a

What are the games you are really looking forward to this season?

Everyone I talked to said that West Orange never played anyone until regional playoffs. So I went out and beefed up the schedule with some tough games this season

Oviedo 2/19
Winter Park 2/22
Windemere 2/25 cross town rivals
Lake Brantley 4/4
Hagerty 4/9 was a assistant under coach Hofstaedter last season

Montverde Academy  11-4, lost in the district semifinal

We have not received the questionnaire yet, we will update when we do

Apopka 9-7, lost in the district semifinals

We have not received the questionnaire yet, we will update when we do

Windermere High 6-6, did not qualify for district

We have not received the questionnaire yet, we will update when we do

East Ridge 4-8, did not qualify for district

We have not received the questionnaire yet, we will update when we do

Evans 0-11, did not qualify for district

We have not received the questionnaire yet, we will update when we do

Ocoee 3-12, did not qualify for district

We have not received the questionnaire yet, we will update when we do