The craziness continues! This has been another fantastic week of lacrosse. We have never seen such parity, nor have we seen so many teams in the mix.
St. Andrew’s got every vote for the top spot for the first time this season. St. Andrew’s was 3-0 on the week with a victory over Boca 11-2, a narrow escape from Tampa Jesuit 10-9, and 19-6 over Episcopal Jax. They have played a brutal schedule and remain undefeated against Florida teams.
Hagerty and Boca both dropped off the list this week, replaced by Bartram Trail and Tampa Jesuit. Hagerty has lost three straight and now stand at 10-3. They try to bounce back tonight at Bishop Moore.
Boca lost to St. Andrew’s 11-2 and beat Calvary Christian 15-5. The lost to St. Andrew’s marks their fourth of the year. All losses have come against teams on our top ten list. They have another tough game this week against Vero Beach.
Vero Beach got some votes this week after upsetting Jupiter. Then they went and lost to Creekside. With Boca dropping off the top ten this week they don’t have another chance to play a top ten team during the regular season. The Boca vs. Vero game tonight could put one of them on the list if they are impressive and one of our top ten teams stumbles.
However, we bet that Columbus makes it into the list next week after beating Creekside 9-7. They are 9-2 and both losses came against teams in the top five (Benjamin and St. Thomas Aquinas.) They don’t have any huge, tough games left but decisive wins over rivals Gulliver Prep and Ransom Everglades could get them some respect.
Games to watch this week? St. Andrew’s RJ Dawson says, “Vero and Boca will be a good matchup on Wednesday night. Two tough teams. Vero making some waves this year and Boca playing well under the new coaching regime.” How about Central Florida? Bishop Moore’s Gary Hendrzak, “Lake Mary vs. Lake Brantley on Friday to see who the best in Seminole County is.”
Coach Riordan Cheatham for Benjamin is looking forward to a game a little closer to home. “Benji vs Jupiter on Wednesday-It’s going to be a matchup of two of the top 5 teams in the state who know each other well.”
Enjoy the great games this week and look for the FloridaLacrosseNews.com coaches poll again next Wednesday.