HS Wrap 2017: Crowley Helps St. Thomas Aquinas (Fl) To Second Straight Title
Tuesday 27 JUN 2017
Aimee Ford Foster | High School
As the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) boys’ lacrosse team closed in on its second consecutive Florida High School Athletic Association state championship, Kevin Crowley knew something special was ending.
Kevin Crowley, who was a key part of both those title runs, was playing for the last time with classmates who had surrounded him for years. He also was playing for the last time for his father, coach Terry Crowley.
The younger Crowley made the most of it, totaling six goals and three assists in the state semifinals and finals. The final goal of his high school career came with 5:56 left in the title game. Kevin Crowley scored to give STA a 10-7 lead over Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), the first of three Raider goals that stopped a Lake Highland rally and secured the title to cap a 21-1 season as the top-ranked team in the South for a second straight year.
Kevin Crowley finished the year with 67 goals and 34 assists and a pocket full of awards. He now adds another one as the Epoch/US Lacrosse South Region Player of the Year for a second straight season.
“More than anything, I’m going to remember this senior class,” he said. “We were really closely knit. We all played together a really long time, especially me and Jimmy Harrington and Joey Guglielmo. We always talked about the state championship and fortunately we worked hard enough to put ourselves in position to win and capitalized on it. I will definitely hold the memories close of us going out like that.”
Kevin Crowley will play college lacrosse at Hofstra next year, leaving high school, warm and sunny Florida, and his lifelong coach behind.
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