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Germantown, MD – Some of Floridaâ€™s best young players had an opportunity to show the nation, just how far Florida Lacrosse has come at the Middle School level.Â All these young men were named as 2011 Middle School National All Stars/All-Americanâ€™s and represented the Southeast Region (FL,GA,KY,NC,SC,TN) in the 2011 Brine National Lacrosse All-American Classic inÂ Germantown, Maryland July 1-4, 2011.
Team Florida lost two tough games to Maryland 6-5 and New England 7-4 and championship runner up Pennsylvania 7-0 in the opening day.Â The club rebounded to thump the Midwest representative Missouri, 9-3.Â Setting up the shocker of the tournament.
In the final tournament game for the team against NY Metro.Â Trailing 6-4, Florida got goal from Austin Miller (Naples) on a feed from Jack Hewitt (Maitland) to cut the lead to 6-5.Â Florida pulled even on a goal from Brendan Ihmâ€™s (Naples) nifty move from X.Â Josh Parker (Jacksonville) banged home the eventual game winner off a feed from Adam Hale (Winter Springs), giving Florida a 7-6 lead, they would never give up.Â Behind strong team defense and great goaltending, the team withstood the last minute barrage of shots to hold on to defeat NY Metro 7-6.Â It was a great close for the weekend and a strong statement to the rest of the country.Â
Florida MS players:
Connor Branham (Tequesta), Griffin DeCarli (Ft. Myers), Sterling Desorcy (Naples), Zak Funk (Indialantic), Hayden Good (St. Augustine), Adam Hale (Winter Springs), Jack Hewitt (Maitland), Brendan Ihm (Naples),Â Nicholas Iznaga (Jupiter), Chandler Josserand (Jacksonville), Kyle Kolberg (Estero), Max Kuzma (St. Johns), Ian Leverton (Vero Beach), Ben Lindsey (Ponte Vedra Beach), Zane Lyle (Maitland), James Marshall (St. Johns), Austin Miller (Naples), Josh Parker (Jacksonville), Zachary Ranta (Lake Worth), Kyle Richbourg (Orlando), Riley Smith (Jacksonville), Nathan Taylor (Lakeland), Marshall Trier (Oviedo).Â The team was coached by Max Whipple.