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A Glorious Day For Florida Lacrosse!

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
  How else do you describe Friday for the lacrosse played in our state? Florida #1 St. Thomas Aquinas travels into the cauldron of NY Public School Lacrosse power Massapequa (2014 NY Class A State Champs!) and goes toe to toe with a team that already has ELEVEN D1 recruits before going down to a 13-10 decision against Coach Terry Crowley’s alma mater!  I’m checking for social media reaction and here’s a sample:  
From the LaxPower Nassau County Forum:

Re: Nassau County 2017

Postby BeaverCreek on Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:11 pm

Stopped by for most of the game today between Massapequa and St. Thomas Aquinas (FL). Held at Gillespie Field at a park near the high school. Actually a very good crowd, from both sides. Pequa fans are really proud (and for reference sake, the high school of both Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Hahn), and the STA parents traveled with their kids. First note is STA gave as good as they got. This team came to play in some really windy conditions and would not cave. They tried a zone defense at one point which ended up being scrapped quickly. I thought their defender #24 can really handle the ball well. Their defense overall was tough and aggressive…playing similarly to a typical Long Island team tbh. Number 20 of their middies had some speed and a nice goal. Their FOGO number 7 was strong. Their attackman number 31 had a nice rip shot. Generally speaking, their EMO was impressive. Honestly, it’s hard to think of any weaknesses at all…very strong squad and no wonder they are undefeated in Florida. For Pequa, this is a good team, well balanced, with some typical Long Island grinders. Their attackman 22 simply bulls his way to cage, and if you don’t have a body to push him back, he’s got great awareness of the net. Their number 42 middie had a very good goal as well. They seemed to struggle for any clean wins at FO, but generally their wings scrapped it up enough to occasionally cause the opponent FOGO to cough it up. STA had good attack speed, and Pequa oocasionally found itself swinging poles to keep up, but again, they did enough to stem the tide. I think this team (Pequa) will have to peak to beat Syosset. But they could do it. So far, having seen all of two LI games this year, my number one to date is Syosset. Early yet. Congrats to St. Thomas Aquinas for not only making this trip, but challenging one of the great NY publics. :clap:
  I attended the doubleheader last night at Oxbridge, with Stoneman Douglas playing St. Edwards at 5:00pm and Oxbridge hosting Lake Mary after.  Both games were one goal nailbiters that came down to the final seconds!  Since I knew I was going back Saturday for the same four teams (OA vs SD and SE vs LM) I took the night off from writing and just enjoyed it all . . . as should many of you today! Stoneman scored with about 4 minutes left and held on for the 7-6 final and Oxbridge held off a late rally by Lake Mary for the 9-8 win, led by Conor Davies’ four goals.  Lake Mary had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds but a mini-fast break feed across to the left wing was tipped by THREE separate Lake Mary players before rolling out of harm’s way . . . I’ve never seen that before! Two great games in the same place and we do it all over again starting at 11:00am!   Also a great win for Florida as Ponte Vedra last night took down South Carolina state champs Wando on a neutral field by a score of 13-10 behind the combined 10 goals from Reid Smith, Clay Welch, Matt Keeler and Dylan Hess! The second huge out of state win for the Sharks!   A huge upset in the Southeast as Cardinal Gibbons goes down to district rival Calvary Christian 6-5! Up north Boone lays down a marker as a team to keep an eye on in the playoff season as they continue their second half surge with a huge road win over a good Buchholz team 16-3.  Didn’t see that coming but Boone has really played great lacrosse lately.   Again, a great day for Florida lacrosse and get out today to a game! My schedule today is go back to Oxbridge, then drive over to the Benjamin Middle School for the big game versus #7 Bishop Moore and on the way back to home stop to see what is left of the Lynn – Florida Tech game in Boca! #SupporttheSport – i just made that one up . . .      

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