Saturday night FAU's stadium served not only as the site of a thrilling Florida Launch come from behind 15-14 win over the The New York Lizards, but also as the host for this year's South Florida Chapter of US Lacrosse awards banquet. As far as I am concerned, every chapter in the state should try to replicate this great way to celebrate its season, whether locally or better yet, coordinated with a trip to Boca Raton for the night when the Launch is in town. The staff at the Launch, headed by Brian and Don Clinton, Michael Zeff and others put on a terrific evening and are doing a ton of community outreach (check out the photos at the bottom of this article to see an example). The Launch management is building a great franchise. Thank you to everyone, including emcees Joe Chiarella, E
Your dutiful backup writer (who includes few details and would rather take pictures) decided to drive to Orlando yesterday and attend one of the two play-off games in town. Driving north, I decided to check in with Lee Roggenburg and pick the better of the two contests. After detailed research, it was clear to him that the Berkeley Prep - Lake Highland Prep match-up offered the best opportunity to see a potential upset. His thinking, while often backwards in this writer's opinion, was pretty sound this time around. Lake Highland did not appear to have as strong a team as in years past, having survived two very close games with come from behind wins to make it to the Final Eight. Berkeley, meanwhile, gave IMG all it could handle during the regular season, losing twice by one goal eac
District 17 - Riverview hosts Riverview-Sarasota vs ODA-Sarasota Cardinal Mooney vs St. Stephens Episcopal It will be an R-S versus CM final and they split the two regular season games, both winning on the road. When that happens it likely repeats itself so look for CM to sneak out a win to advance. The only thing that gives me pause is that CM lost 5 of their last 8 games to finish the season against a tough schedule and they might be worn down. District 18 - Canterbury hosts Bishop Verot vs Ft. Myers Canterbury vs Estero This is set up for a possible upset. BV has long owned this district but has to face a Ft. Myers team in the first round that gave them fits at home while Estero lost big to Canterbury before. Ft. Myers also took Canterbury do
Fabulous game last night. Jupiter runs out to a 4-1 lead in the first and then STA gets two late goals to take momentum. That run extends to seven straight goals as they take an 8-4 lead at the half after a 5-0 second quarter. Starting the second half Jupiter scores THREE goals in the FIRST 27 seconds! And ties it later in the third to make it 8-8 after three. Nothing in the fourth until 7:20 left, then STA with 3 goals in less than 3 minutes for 11-8 . . . Jupiter at 3:54 and 1:09 to make it 11-10 . . . and Ryan Leahy with a goal mouth stuff in between that would have made it 11-11 And STA mostly ran out the clock in the last minute to win . . . after a big boy pants ground ball win by Nick Yovino on the key faceoff after the last goal. That fourt
Thanks to Lisa Erdmann for the pictures! Every year I circle this game on the schedule. Back Yard Brawl, Bunkhouse Stampede, Military Trail Mashup . . . whatever you want to call it. Of course, in this crazy year for the sport, there had to be a tinge of effect on this rivalry too. Thanks to a tornado. Originally scheduled for the Benjamin home field it was moved from there to Jupiter Community Park. And in some ways the game took on a surreal feel to it, based on the location, which definitely changed the atmosphere of the game. And once again, we got a look at life imitating art . . . or something close to it. I woke up around 2:00am this morning, wide awake, and for some reason was full of things to write about for this game reca...