Underrated Defense One Reason Ponte Vedra Lacrosse is on Cusp of State Tournament

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From The St. Augustine Record  By Will Brown

Photo by Lynn Damm Photography

Jared Bernhardt is one of the best lacrosse players to ever strap up in Florida. The ace attacker was held to three goals. All season long, Jupiter was a top-10 team, but the Warriors were shut out in the fourth quarter. Orlando Lake Highland Prep is the two-time defending state champion, but was held to its fewest goals in nearly three years.

There is a thread that ties those three results together: The baby blue and white of the Ponte Vedra boys lacrosse team.

The undefeated Sharks will trudge to north Tallahassee today searching for a fifth regional title in six years. While the death-by-a-thousand-papercuts offense leads Florida averaging 16.5 goals per game, the Sharks are more than sniping attackmen.

Coach Tom West said it’s impossible to single out any particular defender because all of them not only have strengths but have used them to improve an already talented bunch of individuals.

Entering today’s third-round play-in match against Tallahassee Maclay, the Sharks have allowed 6.1 goals per game, which has led to the second-best goal difference in Florida.

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