Here is Wells Dusenbury's article last night on the curious case of Samantha MacCurdy's termination yesterday from St. Thomas Aquinas. The picture was taken by Wells at the FHSAA Championships in April. Excerpt: Three months after leading St. Thomas Aquinas to its first girls lacrosse state final, Samantha MacCurdy is out as head coach. MacCurdy, 24, spent two seasons with the Raiders, accumulating a 32-6 overall record. St. Thomas finished this past season as state runner-up, falling to Orlando Bishop Moore 13-12 in the title game. MacCurdy said she was stunned by the school’s decision not to bring her back. “I was told it was a lack of communication with the athletic director,” said MacCurdy, who earned Sun Sentinel Coach of the Year honors twice. “I w
FLN has learned that Samantha MacCurdy, who led the St. Thomas Aquinas Girl's team to the state championship game this season, has been relieved of her position this morning. The decision did not go unnoticed and FLN has learned that a number of parents are looking to try to get STA Athletic Director George Smith to reconsider. We will continue to seek out more on this in the coming days and will update here if anything else is learned. Obviously a situation like this where a coach who achieved a championship berth is let go during the summer opens eyes.
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Florida lacrosse will be well represented in the Under Armour All American games to be held at the end of June at Towson University in Maryland. Congratulations to the following selected girls: Highlight Division for committed girls in the 2018 & 2019 classes: Erin Bakes- Ransom Everglades Allegra Catalano- American Heritage Delray Maddie Ellis- Vero Beach HS Diana Fendrich- Cardinal Newman HS Emma Johnson- Ponte Vedra Tara Schecter- Pine Crest HS Carly Steinlauf- St. Thomas Aquinas Sarah Thomasson- Ponte Vedra Ainsley Thurston- Lake Highland Prep. Command Division for girls in the 2020 & 2021 classes: Olivia Adamson - St. Petersburg Sandy Edwards- Jensen Beach HS Sara Palimisano- Winter Park HS Holly Pruit
thanks to Tom Congdon and Ted Swoboda for the pictures! It only took two OT's this year . . . But again we have a wonderful conclusion to the Girls' high school season. And Abby Spalding has forever cemented herself into Bishop Moore athletic lore. After the game I talked with winning head coach Kelly Blystone and her biggest emphasis was on the heart of her team, not giving up and believing they could still win a game where they gave up a 6-goal run in less than 8 minutes to turn a 10-6 lead into a 12-10 deficit with two minutes to go. STA had done something similar to Barron Collier in the semifinal win yesterday and Raider Nation was in a state of nirvanic deja vu, thinking they were looking at a potential sweep of the FHSAA titles. But Bishop Moore's kids dug de
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Bishop Moore wins an incredible double OT win over St, Thomas on an Abby Spalding free position shot to give the Hornets a 13-12 victory in the first game. Both goalies came up big late in the game and the OTs until Spalding's game winner. In the nightcap it was St. Thomas with the grind it out 12-7 win over a game Lake Highland team as they repeat from last year. A huge weekend crowd saw great lacrosse from start to finish! We will be back tomorrow with the game recaps of the two finals and a LOT of pictures! All lacrosse fans need to also give a big thanks to Jupiter and the many volunteers who made this event so special! The good news? It's only 261 more days until Martin Luther King's birthday . . . when we can start practicing again! A special