Brendan Francis has more moves than a chess master, and all of them were on display as the senior, and two-time All-American, led Ponte Vedra to an 18-1 dismantling of visiting Flagler Palm Coast Tuesday in a first-round play-in postseason game.
The elusive Francis, who will carry a stick for the Naval Academy next year, scored four goals — one of them left-handed — and had four assists in the first two and a half quarters of a game the Sharks controlled from the outset.
rchestrating the offense from behind the Bulldogs goal, Francis continually dodged or faked out the defender guarding him, then raced toward the front of the net. If another player came off his man to stop Francis, the senior dished the ball to a teammate for an unchallenged shot. Francis assisted on three of Ponte Vedra’s first four goals.
And if a second defender failed to challenge him, Francis sent a laser toward a corner of the goal.
“He is hands-down the best player in North Florida. His lacrosse IQ is just so much higher than anyone else’s,” Ponte Vedra coach Tom West said.
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