Alex Ozuna oversees the sport of lacrosse for the Florida High School Athletic Association and he was gracious enough to allow me to pose some questions to him to clarify some of the questions I've been hearing from our readers. Here's his responses:
1) Must a school play all the District teams they are assigned to?
All teams must play their district opponents at least once during the regular season. The district regular season matches determine the seed for the end of the season district tournament.
2) Outside of district, are there any limits on how many 1A teams a 2A can play?
There is no limit on the amount of games a 1A school can play 2A school or vice versa. During the regular season, each team has a season limitation of 18 ga
I'll analyze the Boys' side first and hopefully there will be readers able to send me some insight on the Girls' side too.
Class 1A is for the smaller schools and Class 2A is for the larger schools, basically the same number of schools in each.
16 districts in each Class, based on what I heard there will be only the winner of the District making the FHSAA brackets.
At a quick glance:
8 teams in District 7 in 1A and 4 in District 2, the rest fall in between in size.
Multiple districts in the Southeast have 7 teams, no Class 2A district has 4 and most are 6 teams
There are some BRUTAL districts, both good and bad.
Class 1A - District 13
Suncoast 1589 1A 4 13
American Heritage (Delray Beach) 904 1A 4 13
St. Andrews 625 1A 4 13
via press release
Good Morning SHS Lacrosse Family
We are please to announce your boys and girls head coaches for our SHS lacrosse program.
Please help us welcome Heather Chase O'Neill as our Girl’s Head Coach and Christian Dombovari as our Boy’s Head Coach.
Heather, a former Division I All-American at Syracuse University, has been coaching youth sports for many years including soccer, basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse. Most recently she helped establish the Riverview High School Girl's Lacrosse Team as the assistant varsity coach in the newly sanctioned sport. While managing her duties at Riverview, Heather created Ripcurl Lacrosse. Ripcurl is a non-travel and travel youth lacrosse program offering training in the fall/spring/summer seasons and is dedi
Author's Note: Sorry for the delay but after the HS season ends I need to catch my breath a little! We'll be getting to all the Boys' and Girls' Winners and the College Commitments we have in the queue, as well as the Florida kids in the NCAA tourney! When I get the time we'll review all the D1 Men And Women players too. We had a few national championship rings handed out!
Congratulations to all the winners!
Community School of Naples
Andrew "Drew" Mayts III
HB Plant High School
thanks to Paul Kabalin for the pictures!
(note: edited to account for an incorrect goal scorer)
It didn’t take long.
72 hours or so.
Right after I saw the incredible STA win over SA, a game I thought would be my in-person game of the year, I got something just as good . . .
46:11 . . . That’s how long Cardinal Mooney controlled this game for. It was the 3:13 after that that denied them their first Final Four appearance. The What-if’s this summer will be many and painful.
The biggest what-if might well have been at 46:11.
How many times have you heard on a TV broadcast an announcer pooh-pooh a late icing on the cake goal by saying ‘but it gives the trailing team a chance to win the faceoff’? And 99.99% of the time that’s just a hollow warning as the leading team won the game anyh
via my Twitter feed last night! Brackets from FHSAA/MaxPreps.
Ponte Vedra with the big 20-3 win over Bolles at home
Bishop Moore pulls away in the second half for the 15-4 win on the road at Jesuit of Tampa
Jupiter rallies late at home to win 14-13 in OT versus Cardinal Mooney (feature story later)
St. Thomas Aquinas takes the rain-shortened 10-3 win over Gulliver Prep in Miami (game called with 13 seconds left in the 3rd)
The updated FHSAA Boys' bracket:
#TAFTAG – Take A Friend To A Game!
and . . . #LacrosseRocks!
District 6 Ponte Vedra Hosts District 4 Bolles at 7:00pm
Once a rivalry between two of the best programs in that area years ago, Ponte Vedra has pulled away in recent years. In the regular season Ponte Vedra defeated Bolles 16-2 at home. That was in early March but there’s no reason to believe the gap will narrow that much.
PV eased past Lake Mary 12-5 in the last round and Bolles squeaked out an exciting 17-16 win over Maclay.
Bolles has had an excellent season but Ponte Vedra has had a dominant one.
Ponte Vedra will win this comfortably in their continued march to the elusive gold ring