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West Boca Eases Past Suncoast-Riviera 11-1

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
  Check off another program in the Southeast I haven’t seen before. The school has an interesting history according to their Wiki page.  No list of famous alumni but Devin Hester of NFL fame graduated from here.  The school is now a magnet school and has a very good academic reputation.  Bobby May and Justin Moe are now coaching there and it’s nice to see some stability there.  If my research is accurate the program was restarted in 2012 and has suffered losing seasons since.  Of course, being slotted in the dame district as Jupiter and Benjamin is not going to lead to easy success, so let’s see how we grow from here.  With 7 games left on the schedule, and currently residing with a 4-5 record, it is not out of the realm that this year could end up with a .500 record or even a winning season, as there are 4 games left with teams that have 1 or 0 wins left. A .500 record would be a nice achievement to build off of going forward. For West Boca, Coach Nathan Snitz is taking the long road, as he came from the successful Stoneman Douglas program and the approach looks similar.  Lots of ball movement, build a feeder program, and grow over time.  Last year’s team went 11-7 and made the District playoff for the first time, albeit a quick exit.  The season included wins over WT Dwyer, American Heritage/Boca in 3OT’s to earn the district slot, and over St. Edwards in a game I covered last year.  They are now 4-2 after last night and have a challenging second half schedule.  The team graduated two top players in Grant Telford and Steve Santoro and the need to share the scoring to make up for that loss of production is easy to see.   The game itself was kind of a slow running tap of water.  1-0 after one . . . 4-0 at the half . . . 8-1 after three . . . 11-1 final. At no time was Suncoast threatening to make a comeback.  There was offensive talent but it didn’t mesh together well last night and there were times where if a player had both hands there would be an easy goal but the lack of that hurt them a number of times, like on odd man rushes that weren’t finished. One standout for them was their goalie Shane Friedman, who sparkled with 19 saves according to my numbers, and faced 48 attempts on goal.  He really saw the ball well, particularly on the low shots.  Some of West Boca’s attempts were not quality looks and that gave Friedman time to get into a rhythm.  Suncoast’s offense sputtered all night, as they only hit the cage themselves 7 times, on only 15 shots, and turned the ball over 20 times.  WB got six goal scorers and took many lengthy possessions, while Suncoast ended up rushing too many times, as a number of the turnovers were while trying to push transition. These are two teams at different points in their growth curve and those levels were mimicked in the game.  For Suncoast, another lesson as they take the steps up the ladder and for West boca, the type of game that two years ago they don’t win easily, but there are successes in their recent past that helped make this a going away win.   West Boca scored the only goal of the first, at 5:26, as Kyle Cox curled from behind the right side of the net, split two defenders, and his left hand hit the low left for 1-0. It took until 6:20 of the second for the lead to grow to 2, as a fast break led to CJ Maurl finding Anthony Urbano all alone near the crease for the easy goal.  Then at 4:51 it was 3-0 as Ryan Glasser split two defenders from the top, going down the middle and beating Friedman with the left hand low to the right corner.  Then with just 10 seconds left it went to 4-0 as Griffin Berke took advantage of West Boca’s version of the Armadillo formation (kids, it’s available on YouTube and well worth the look . . . ) to fool the defense, as he went from the top left down the middle, hitting the bottom right to make it 4-0 at the half. Suncoast finally broke through early in the third as Jake Bennett was able to get a straight away step down look and he beat Abram Kope low to the right corner at 9:22, but the rest of the game was all West Boca. At 8:27 it was Berke again on a right alley dodge, then two more goals within 12 seconds made it 7-1.  First, on another fast break, Kristopher San Lucas found Cox all alone in front of the net and then Reed Cook, who was a ground ball vacuum on the wing all night, found Arron Deed on the left wing for the low to high rip.  Then with 45 seconds left in the period, on EMO, Troy Weiss found Deen up top from the right wing and his step down went low for 8-1 after three. West Boca added the last three goals to end it 11-1, although Suncoast’s #11 long pole was able to beat Kope, but the shot was ruled after the game had ended.  In the first minute Urbano dodged the middle from the right wing, then Maurl with the right alley dodge and high shot and Cox with his third off a swim dodge from behind the net, hitting the short side to end the game. West Boca is back in action tonight, traveling to a surging Cardinal Newman and Suncoast travels to Jupiter for a Tuesday matchup with the #5 team in the state.   Team Statistics   Faceoffs:  WB  12-4 Shots:  WB  48-15 Shots on Goal:  WB 30-7 Turnovers:  Suncoast  20-10 Penalties:  Suncoast  7-2   Individual Statistics   West Boca Kyle Cox  3G Anthony urbano, Griffin Berke and Arron Deen with 2 G each CJ Maurl  1G/1A Ryan Glasser  1G Kristopher San Lucas, reed Cook and Troy Weiss with 1A each Abram Kope with 6 saves   Suncoast Jake Bennett  1G Shane Friedman with 19 saves   Thanks to Coach Snitz and Coach May for talking to me before and after the game