Shown above at the 2014 FLN All-Star game (coming back next year - maybe) at FAU, from left to right, Boca Raton's Harrison Rodormer (played football at Jacksonville), Jupiter's Braylen Sampson (Bryant), and Benjamin's Anthony Cicio (FSU, who doubled as our inside writer for the Seminoles), McKenna Johnston (Washington and Lee) and Jerry O'Connor of Yale. Below is all sorts of good information for the Floridian lax junkie... For the first time, there are Floridians on all of the men's Final Four D1 teams, how about that?!!! In addition, St. Leo's appearance on the big stage in the DII championship game Sunday marks the first by a Sunshine State Conference team and the 11 Floridians on the roster . The women's DII championship game has already been played, with our Florida Souther
via the Orlando Sentinel, photo from Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel Lake Highland Prep head coach Chris Spaulding has resigned for family reasons, will relocate to upstate NY. Excerpt: Lake Highland Prep is losing the only boys lacrosse coach who has four FHSAA state championships on his resume. Chris Spaulding, who compiled a 176-46 record over 10 years at Lake Highland, is moving his family back to upstate New York and taking a job with an insurance firm in Elmira, which is next door to his hometown of Horseheads. “Our third child is on the way,” Spaulding said on Saturday. “This is a good opportunity to go back to the area where we’re from and be close to my parents and to my wife’s parents.” Jeff Vander Meulen, a former Colgate Universit
Congratulations to Ethan for his college choice and good luck in the future! We received this for Ethan: Ethan will be entering the respected business program at Babson. Ethan is a four year varsity player for coaches Spaulding, Vander Meulen, and Casey at LHPS. During Ethan's four years at LHPS he has two championship rings, a final-four finish, and a finalist finish. He finished his senior year with 31 Goals and 27 Assists. Babson College plays in the NEWMAC Conference. The NEWMAC includes such teams as Rensselaer (RPI), MIT, Coast Guard Academy, Clark, St. Lawrence and Trinity College.
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
Well, if you thought last week's results shook things up, this week was kind of an earthquake . . . Two teams just outside of the Top 20 last week made major statements. A perennial Top 10 program looks like it is spiraling out. David Bowie had a song about this . . . The Southwest of Florida is starting to show again. Two years ago I predicted a Barron Collier - Ponte Vedra final and that certainly didn't happen, and the Southwest was not competitive the last few years with the East coast. but now that is starting to swing a little, as BC's big 8-1 win over Belen Saturday indicated. Meanwhile, further up north in the Tampa area, Tampa Jesuit dealt a spanking to Maclay, as that team is probably wondering why it made a coaching change. Fo
Okay, finally we have a pollster who actually SAW a couple of games! Damn, it's great to get out of the house! Viruses suck. Four of the Top 7 in the Preseason Poll have already tasted defeat . . . and that does not include Oxbridge. For those who are new to this poll please understand that I do not rank the IMG National or Varsity programs as they are not eligible for FHSAA playoff consideration and I see them as a separate entity dedicated to developing a player and team that makes it an apples and oranges comparison to traditional high schools. This is not a slight to them, it is just that they market themselves nationally, not at the Florida level. Oxbridge did fall to IMG Varsity last week but those games play no role in my polling decisions. Jupit
Note: Because of my broadcast stint I do not have full statistics and goal summaries for the game so this will be more of a review of the game as I watched it. And remember that the game is scheduled for 7:00pm tonight on the Lax Sports Network! https://www.laxsportsnetwork.com/home Coming into the game I was looking for two major themes. How would STA look given the top players they graduated and was last year's LHP record a fluke. The answers are, in short, not quite as dominant as last year but definitely a championship contender, and I'm not sure. I can't sugarcoat this. STA pretty much controlled all facets of the play. Faceoffs, assists, goals, clears, etc.; physical play. At halftime it was 10-3 STA and 7 of their 10 goals were off assists whi