Boys, girls lacrosse roundups
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
by Faran Fagen
Jordan Todd's four first-half goals sparked host St. Andrew's to a 20-6 rout of Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas in a third-round play-in game Tuesday and a berth in this weekend's state tournament.
St. Andrew's (21-2), last year's state runner-up, will travel to Port St. Lucie for the state semifinals Friday. Should the Scots win, they will play for another state championship Saturday.
"When we come to play all fourth quarters, that's what the score's gonna be," St. Andrews coach R. J. Dawson told his team after the game. "Second place is nice sometimes, but not here."
Before last season's runner-up finish, St. Andrews had won eight consecutive state championships under coach Jeff Goldberg, the winningest lacrosse coach in Florida history. He left the Scots after the 2010 season. Goldberg is now an assistant coach for Aquinas, and lost to his former team for the second time this season.
Aquinas (18-4) kept things close in the first quarter, but Scots goalie Corey Echtevery made several nifty saves, and the first 12 minutes ended with St. Andrew's leading 5-2.
Todd scored two goals in the opening 90 seconds of the second quarter, which ended with the Scots leading 11-3 at the intermission.
A multitude of flags were thrown in a physical second half, which included a player being ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
But the Scots' scoring garnered most of the packed crowd's attention.
Jake Levine scored two goals in the third quarter, and Conor Whipple added two in the fourth.
Todd said the Scots had started sloppy in recent games, and they wanted to rectify that.
"Our goal was to jump out to a quick lead," he said.
As for playing against his former coach, Todd said he and his teammates were more focused on avenging last year and claiming a state title.
"There was a lot of emotion the first time," Todd said, referring to St. Andrew's victory against St. Thomas in April. "This time, it was all about state - the result goes to show it was just another game."
JUPITER 13, TAMPA JESUIT 2
Daniel Soviero scored six goals, James Holdt added four assists and Stone Wharton had 17 saves as the Warriors (20-2) rolled past the Tigers (12-7) in Tampa.
FORT LAUDERDALE-PINE CREST 11, POPE JOHN PAUL II 9
The Eagles (19-2) ended their season with a loss to the Panthers (14-5) for the third straight season in this third-round play-in game in Boca Raton.