The Ponte Vedra Sharks proved they are the number one team in North Florida with a commanding 15-3 win over the Maclay Marauders to capture the Regional Title. The win earned the Sharks the opportunity to compete in the FHSAA Final Four for the third straight year.
Maclay won the opening face-off and controlled the ball for the first three minutes of play. Goalie Ryan Applegate made several key saves to keep the Marauders from getting on the board. Ponte Vedra scored first with a goal from Garrett Boyle. The Sharks settled in and went on a feeding frenzy to get redemption for their loss to the Marauders earlier in the season. Logan Taucher won the second face-off to get the ball going Ponte Vedra’s way. Boyle capitalized on the possession with his second goal. A Dalton LeMaster to Nick Zebouni combination put the Sharks ahead 3-0. Also scoring in the first quarter were RJ Garcia from Ponte Vedra and Stephen Chase from Maclay to end the quarter with the Sharks leading 4-1.
In the second quarter, the Sharks outscored the Marauders by four goals to bring the score to 9-2 at the half. Defenseman Parker Eastland took the ball over the midfield line on a clear and dished it to Reece Andrews for his first goal of the game. As the defense was closing in, Cody Legeza sunk one behind the back to add to Ponte Vedra’s lead. Also scoring for the Sharks in the quarter were Eric Applegate and Nick Zebouni. Maclay’s Tucker Schwarz added one for the Marauders.
In the third quarter, goalie Ryan Applegate had a great save and took it all the way down the field before passing it off to Andrews to score his third goal of the game. The Sharks had their first man up opportunity in the quarter and took advantage with a goal from Legeza giving him his second of the night. With 37 seconds left in quarter, Boyle sunk another for a hat trick. The quarter ended with Ponte Vedra leading 13-2.
The Sharks slowed the pace in the fourth and moved the ball around. Both goals for Ponte Vedra in the quarter were from Scott Applegate. Jeff Auger from Maclay also added one to the board in quarter.
The points leaders for the Sharks were Reece Andrews with four goals and one assist, Garrett Boyle with three goals and one assist and Dalton LeMaster with four assists. The impenetrable Ponte Vedra defense led by Nick Buckley, Fischer Anderson and Parker Eastland shut down Maclay’s offense. Logan Taucher dominated face-offs for the Sharks and had six ground balls during the game.
Goalie Ryan Applegate had nine saves and moved the ball around the field showcasing his athleticism. Goalie Colin Peaks also saw some action and had two saves.
Ponte Vedra advances to the FHSAA Final Four on Friday to take on Lake Highland Prep.
PV Scoring (Goals-Assists-Total Points): Reece Andrews (4-1-5); Eric Applegate (1-2-3); Ryan Applegate (0-1-0); Scott Applegate (2-0-2); Garrett Boyle (3-1-4); RJ Garcia (1-1-2); Cody Legeza (2-1-3); Dalton LeMaster (0-4-4); Augie Relihan (0-1-1); Nick Zebouni (2-0-2)
Maclay Scoring: Stephen Chase 1-1, Tucker Schwarz 1-1, Jeff Auger 1 Connor Lamba 15 Saves