Colin O’Hare Powers Palm Beach Storm Past New Jersey South to Reach Semi-Finals at US Lacrosse Southeast Championships

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RALEIGH, N.C. – US Lacrosse has marketed Raleigh as a city where the traditional lacrosse community in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast and the growing lacrosse community in the Southeast can get to with ease. In the quarterfinals of the boys’ under-15 division at the US Lacrosse Southeast Regional Championship, Powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, those worlds collided at the WRAL Soccer Center.

It was anything but easy.

Second-seed Palm Beach Storm (Fla.) used a goal and two assists from Colin O’Hare and two goals apiece from three other players to battle past seventh-seeded New Jersey South, 8-7, and earn a berth in tomorrow’s semifinals. There they’ll get a pool-play rematch against third-seeded No Limit Ballers (N.Y.), from Long Island, who left no doubt in a 17-3 defeat of sixth-seeded C2CNCU15 Black (N.C.).

The other half of the bracket had top-seeded Tar Heel Lacrosse (N.C.) and fifth-seeded Winston-Salem (N.C.) advancing to the final four.

Palm Beach Storm’s rematch against a Northern foe tomorrow will be its second in as many days. The Floridians turned back New Jersey South, 7-4, in pool play.

“We played them in the morning, and we knew we were in for it in this game, too,” Palm Beach Storm head coach Dave Cirilli said. “We’re a team from Florida. A lot of teams are surprised or might not be ready for us. Then they realize that we actually have some experience, and they turn it up a notch. And then it’s game on.”

Cirilli deployed his resources, however, and got enough out of his team to hang on for the win after it got up early, 5-2.

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