Florida 2018

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Re: Florida 2018

New postby qentanglement on Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:10 pm

Not sure if STA will be that strong this year after graduating one their best midfield players and going through a regime change. Agreed on Cardinal Newman, but not sure if they'll have the ability to get to first or second round play-in. Yes, Benjamin will be good too and could likely get by a Vero team in decline IMO. Certainly AH has the best chance of going all the way with a team roster mostly intact, probably improved, and with a score to settle. And then again, I could be completely wrong.
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby Fsutpa on Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:42 pm

From what i understand, St. Stephens out of Bradenton may surprise with some real talent entering the program.
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby Lax&Life on Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:53 am

Any good games right off the bat?
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby qentanglement on Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:48 pm

No schedules posted yet, but I am sure most teams have already worked out schedules internally. The better programs look for competitive match-ups outside their district (or region), so I would expect some "must see" games in the first half of the season, if not the first week or two.
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby sharpshooter7750 on Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:08 pm

Benjamin has a tough road. First week face Lassiter (GA) then Vero 2 days later . followed by Hill Academy (On) ,Greenwich Academy ( CT) BM ,St Paul's School (Md). Thats just the first 3-4 weeks. Also face AH,STA
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby tampalax417 on Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:50 am

So the news this morning is that Kim Russell has left IMG Academy. Anyone know what is going on? What are they going to do about the upcoming season?
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby sharpshooter7750 on Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:09 pm

IMG has a girls lacrosse program?
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby Bramble15 on Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:10 am

IMG does as of 2017 I believe. Maybe someone here can enlighten me but I simply do not see any advantage or benefit of IMG's process with respect to lacrosse. Their home page says something to the effect - " The Path to College Lacrosse Starts Here" I get it, that is simply a marketing slogan but I just don't see an advantage.

I bet any HS team in the Top 10 nationally could make a stronger case and at a considerable savings. Given the line of work I am in I look at cost risk/reward, and I cannot put 2 and 2 together with respect to what the end game is.
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby deelax on Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:27 pm

IMG has recruited several girls who are already committed Lazore's to Dartmouth, Another to Navy. At the price tag its a tough sell considering the actual education one gets from a more traditional boarding school. ( like The Founder League schools for example). Not sure what they will do at this point, I feel bad for the girls who left strong academic/lacrosse schools for this.
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby longislandgal on Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:47 am

So, the schools that have scheduled out of state games, I assume they will wear helmets and their opponents will not? I would not allow my girls to play against a team with helmets on. Thoughts?
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby outside_hand on Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:34 am

I had the pleasure of attending the Southern Shootout in the Orlando area on Saturday for their annual pre-season tournament. It was well run and featured quite a few quality teams. It also had the added bonus of a Gary Gait shooting clinic. That guy is pretty good.

I will share below the impressions I had of the teams that I saw play. I didn't see them all and I didn't especially pay attention to the final scores. Also note that most teams were just running basic offensive sets and simple defenses. A lot will change as the coaches begin to implement their systems.

BIG SURPRISES - Teams that were better than I thought they would be
1. Bishop Moore - Conventional wisdom would say that they are in for a big rebuilding year. That isn't what showed on the field. They are young, but came to play. Looked very good against Benjamin, Oak Hall, & PV. Their goalie was the best that I saw.
2. Dr. Phillips - See above. Would have thought that they would take a big step back, but they looked solid and well-coached.

LOOKING GOOD - Good teams that performed as expected
1. Olympia - Very strong on the draw and crisp offensively. You can tell this team has been putting in work. Had a battle with Dr. Phillips and jumped all over Oak Hall early before giving some of it back.
2. Lake Highland Prep - Didn't see much of them, but what I did see, they looked pretty good. Strong in all facets.
3. Benjamin - Very talented and plays very fast. Didn't look like their whole team was there.

A LITTLE RUSTY - These teams were brilliant in spots but looked a little rough around the edges
1. Oak Hall - Big and Athletic. Showed some rust, but played hard. Will be good if they cut down on mistakes.
2. Ponte Vedra - Have a few big shoes to fill, and 3rd coach in 3 years, but lots of skill. Looked a little disorganized, but that is to be expected. Should have that straightened out after Coach Johnston spends some time with them.

OTHERS - Didn't see much of these teams, but heard some tidbits
1. Martin County - Looked solid as usual; should make some noise on Treasure Coast
2. Bartram Trail - Well-coached and playing with energy as they always do. A little young and have some shoes to fill,

Good luck to all as they start their seasons today.
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby Coach McD on Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:02 pm

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Re: Florida 2018

New postby 2pontificate on Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:05 pm

Key West!!!! OMG, can I retire right now?
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Re: Florida 2018

New postby qentanglement on Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:52 pm

Thoughts and prayers go out to the students and parents of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Awesome girls lacrosse program and great players too. Hope all got home safe and sound.
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