via USA Today HSS – picture above from the article
Between Gulf Breeze and Catholic, the will to win the District 1 lacrosse championship seemed to outweigh everything else in Santa Rosa County on Friday night.
The Dolphins and Crusaders collided for four quarters of explosive offense and helmet-rattling defense in the first ever all-local district title game.
The Dolphins produced a 12-7 win, trailing just once (1-0) during regulation — despite a tremendous effort from Catholic goalie Jack Bartkowski, who finished with a whopping 25 saves.
It was four-year letterman T.J. Durst who scored first for the Dolphins, ultimately rounding his night out with five goals and one assist.
“I’ve been playing (at Gulf Breeze) since the first team. To come all this way and win the district championship just feels amazing,” Durst said. “Offensively, we just had to be ourselves (Friday night). We knew we had better one-on-one dodges (than Catholic). We just had to keep doing that until we could wear them down.”
Midfielder Clark Couget was anything but hesitant when it came to contact during Friday’s win, and concluded his night with one goal, two assists and four ground balls controlled.
“(Contact) is my favorite part of the game,” Couget said. “Catholic is a great team, but it always feels good to come out here and beat them — especially when it is for a district championship. (Catholic) beat us the first game, but we came back and got them twice now. Defensively, we wanted to make sure they couldn’t get past us. We played real-close, man-to-man defense. We were just trying to cut their second passes off.”
Nick Frazier seemed to be everywhere for the Dolphins, scoring and assisting twice while controlling six ground balls.
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