Author: Mike Zima

Fleming Island Girls Best Bolles for Eighth Straight Win

Fleming Island Girls Best Bolles for Eighth Straight Win

FHSAA, Florida Lacrosse News, High School, Northern Girls, Women's Lacrosse
All photos by Ray Dimonda By Mike Zima, Correspondent Middie Kierra Marquis dominated in all phases of the game as host Fleming Island won its eighth game in a row Wednesday night, a 16-6 victory over Jacksonville Bolles. The Golden Eagles, now 9-6, will put their winning streak on the line in the District 5 playoffs Tuesday night, battling top seed Ponte Vedra at Bartram Trail High School. “Ponte Vedra plays on a whole different level,” said Fleming Island coach Clint Lyons.  “If we can win a few draws [faceoffs], and possess the ball for a full minute, maybe we can frustrate them and be competitive.” Wednesday, Marquis got the Golden Eagles off to a hot start, scoring three times in the first 14 minutes as the hosts took a 6-1 lead.  When Bolles threatened to make a game o
Bolles Pushing Toward Playoffs with win over Fleming Island

Bolles Pushing Toward Playoffs with win over Fleming Island

FHSAA, Men's Lacrosse
By Mike Zima, Correspondent Senior attack Gray King had a hat trick to lead Jacksonville Bolles to a 10-8 victory at Fleming Island Wednesday night. "He is awesome," said Bolles first-year coach Mike Mulvey, whose Bulldogs improve to 9-4.  "He can go left side as fast as he can right-side. He can shoot in tight, and he can make angle shots." King, who has committed to play at Stevenson University next fall, scored two of his goals during a four-goal run by the Bulldogs to open the game.  The Bulldogs took eight shots before the Golden Eagles mustered their first. "We had a lot of energy off of the opening whistle," said Mulvey.  "We were not hesitating on ground balls; we were running through them." Middies Jack Phipps and Kienan Brady scored early in the second quarter to g
St. Augustine Serves Notice with Win Over Fleming

St. Augustine Serves Notice with Win Over Fleming

Boys, FHSAA
By Mike Zima, Correspondent St. Augustine's Nick Lawlor and Clay Shaw dominated as the Yellow Jackets improved to 9-1 with a 14-9 victory at Fleming Island Tuesday night. The Yellow Jackets, having never beaten Fleming Island, opened the game with a sense of urgency, winning faceoffs, scooping up loose balls, running their offensive schemes at a brisk pace, and pressing on defense.  The visitors scored six unanswered goals in the first eight minutes, a gap the Golden Eagles could never quite close. "Our goal coming into the season was to compete with Fleming Island and the St. John's County schools," said St. Augustine coach John Baker. Mission accomplished. Lawlor, a 5’3” firebrand who splits time at middie and attack, snared nine ground balls and consistently beat the Gold
Porazzo Dazzles as Fleming Girls Beat Paxon

Porazzo Dazzles as Fleming Girls Beat Paxon

Women's Lacrosse
By Mike Zima, Correspondent Gina Porazzo made it a Senior Night to remember, scoring six goals to lead Fleming Island to an easy 14-2 win over visiting Paxon Tuesday night. Porazzo, a senior middie, found the net in a variety of ways.  She attacked the crease with drives from the left wing and from behind the goal.  On some occasions, she faked shots high and shot low, and on others, faked right and shot left.  Cutting to the crease without the ball, she also scored on quick wrist flips off of feeds from Riley Proctor and Katie Nichols. “She is one of our more accurate shooters,” said Golden Eagles coach Clint Lyons.  “That is why she’s our leading scorer.” Paxon goaltender Olivia Bartlett was stout early, making six of her 14 saves in the first 12 minutes.  The Eagles trailed
Fleming Island Sophomore Stymies Bobcats

Fleming Island Sophomore Stymies Bobcats

FHSAA, Men's Lacrosse
By Mike Zima, Correspondent Sophomore Korbin Hamilton saved twelve of fifteen shots on goal to support a stifling effort by the Fleming Island defense as the Golden Eagles downed visiting Gainesville Buchholz 9-3 Friday night. “Their goalie was lights-out, and played a fantastic game,” said Buchholz coach Casey Adams.  “The best we have seen all year.” Hamilton saved all five Buchholz shots on goal in the first two quarters and made seven more saves in the second half, finishing with a sparkling .800 save percentage.  He had help from the Golden Eagles defense, particularly long stick middie Justin Szafranski and defender Zane Phillips.  Szafranski led Fleming Island with six ground balls and three forced turnovers, while Phillips held Corey Horner, the Bobcats top scorer entering
Fleming Island Pounds Providence in Preseason Classic

Fleming Island Pounds Providence in Preseason Classic

Boys, FHSAA
By Mike Zima, Correspondent A host of fresh faces made their debut for Fleming Island Tuesday night, but returning veterans Jack Hawley and Patrick Schreiber paced the Golden Eagles with five goals apiece in a 19-1 preseason victory over host Jacksonville Providence Tuesday night. Second-year Fleming Island coach John Hawley, Jack Hawley's father, was pleased with the lessons he believed were reinforced by the Golden Eagles' win. "Good execution of the fundamentals, including controlling ground balls and making accurate passes, results in success on the field," said Hawley. Fleming Island, forced to replace seven of 10 starters from a year ago, got an encouraging look at several newcomers.  Addison DeAbreu-Reese, Zane Phillips and Alex Goria-- all juniors who saw limited playin
Ponte Vedra Turns Up Intensity, Turns Away Fleming Island

Ponte Vedra Turns Up Intensity, Turns Away Fleming Island

FHSAA, Men's Lacrosse
Above: Ponte Vedra’s Andrew O’Dare spirits away another faceoff as a teammate shields the Golden Eagles’ Justin Szafranski. O’Dare won 15 of 19 faceoffs. Photo by Ray DiMonda. By Mike Zima, Correspondent Reid Smith scored nine goals—all in the first half—as Ponte Vedra overwhelmed Fleming Island 20-5 in a District 6 Semifinal at Creekside High School Tuesday night. Smith gave the Sharks early momentum by scoring three goals in the first 2:31, all three times driving from behind the goal to shoot from close range.  Smith was successful using a pick at X to find a defensive match-up to his liking, backing away from the goal briefly, and then charging the crease.  The junior scored five times in all on drives from X, once on an underhand shot after picking up a loose ball outside the