Above photo – St. Thomas celebrates perfect ending to a perfect season – All photos by Ted Swoboda photography
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Over the next few weeks, LaxRecords will look back at the 2016 season with notes on what happened in championship games, notable milestones and any surprises or fun facts that occurred.
July will kick off our first-ever Looking Ahead features with an in-depth look at underclassmen to watch, what milestones could be reached and the teams to watch in 2017.
Today, we start with a look back at the 2016 boys’ lacrosse season in Florida.St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) met in the FHSAA championship game on Saturday. The Raiders became the first team not named St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) or Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) to win the state championship since 2002.
The Raiders and Sharks entered the game with a combined 42-0 record, but it was STA that exited the game with Florida’s longest active win streak.
Junior Kevin Crowley scored four goals, while senior Brennan Harhart scored three for St. Thomas Aquinas. The win is the first lacrosse championship for the Raiders, but becomes the 19th sport at the school to win an FHSAA title. Goalie Mikey Adler made 14 saves, including three in the fourth quarter.
The title game appearance was the second straight for St. Thomas, which lost 13-11 to Lake Highland Prep last season. The Raiders had quite the run to the title. They played overtime games in two of their final four games, including a triple-overtime 11-10 win over Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, Fla.) on Friday.
Clay Welch and Reid Smith each scored three goals for Ponte Vedra, which finished the year 23-1. Head coach Tom West won his 150th game at Ponte Vedra with the team’s semifinal win over Lake Highland Prep.
Terry Crowley now has 391 career victories after his team’s 19-0 season.
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