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Killian's David Felipe (18) in one of five Killian players onthe ESPN Rise 2013 Watch List
(Miami, Florida) The Miami-Killian Cougars boy’s lacrosse team will be making history next week as the first public school program from Miami-Dade County to participate in two intersectional National Games of Interest in the Tidewater Virginia area.  The Cougars will play the Norfolk Collegiate Oaks in Norfolk on Tuesday, March 13th at 4 PM, and Hampton Roads Academy Navigators in Newport News on Thursday, March 15th at 4 PM. The Cougars have 5 ESPN Rise National Boys Lacrosse Watch List players: Warren Fields, David Felipe, Ben Gross, Jose Medina and Miguel Andrillon.  The Cougar’s exciting style of play features an aggressive man-to-man defense with full field redefends, up-tempo fast breaks, and a large percentage of assisted goals.  Performances in goal are noteworthy as well:  In their last game, All-District Senior Goalie Nick Shea had 22 saves vs. 5 goals allowed for astonishing 82% save rate. This will be the first meeting between Florida and Southeastern Virginia teams and as such establishes a baseline for comparison of the regions, even though the Cougars are not travelling with their full 45 man roster. he Cougars are one of only three public high schools in Miami-Dade County that are Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Varsity Lacrosse Teams; only 3 of 54 public high schools offer programs in this fast growing lacrosse area.  2012 is the Cougar’s first FHSAA recognized varsity season, after migrating from a club system where public school lacrosse teams in many counties in Florida were on the chopping block last summer.  The Miami-Dade County Public School teams operate under a model were they are entirely self-funded, but provide equal access regardless of a student’s financial capacity and provide strong girl’s lacrosse programs in compliance with Title IX. For more information: follow the Cougars on Twitter (@KillianBoysLAX) or contact Bill Franklin, Head Coach, or 305-562-4474.