The Saint Andrew’s Middle School boys lacrosse team won the Gold Coast League championship by a score of 9-8 against Pine Crest-Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, April 24. The boys worked hard throughout the game in a back-and-forth affair to overcome a one-goal deficit in the fourth quarter and eventually won on a thrilling goal by Blake Finizio with two-minutes remaining in the game. Pine Crest played a great game and had an excellent season with their only regular-season loss also coming at the hands of the Scots.
For the second year in a row, the defense was anchored by goalie Bobby Kaplan, who displayed leadership in organizing the unit. Defensemen Andrew Dubin, Nick Bailey, Jesse Rosen, and Mason Hudson, and long-stick midfielder Jackson Parke, worked together to produce turnovers and limited opportunities for other teams. In the championship game, the Pine Crest attack unit only scored one goal due to pressure applied by the Saint Andrew’s defense, which was consistent with their performance throughout the season.
On offense, Jack Schulte moved from attack to midfield for the championship and produced another stand-out performance with five goals and two assists. While Jack shouldered the bulk of the scoring, the team-first mentality and willingness to share the ball is what made the difference for the Scots. A total of five different goal scorers chipped-in on Wednesday and eight of the nine goals were assisted. Jake Roberts opened the game with a fantastic goal off a tipped pass from Schulte and finished with composure on a low fake and high shot. Later in the game, Ascher Zimmerman caught a pass on the crease, turned 180-degrees, and put a hard shot past the Pine Crest goalie. Zach Brent scored an incredible goal while falling forward from behind the goal in the final seconds of the first half to keep the game a 5-4 deficit for the Scots heading into halftime. To start the fourth quarter, Dylan Shub produced instant offense with a goal off a fast-break assist from Zach Zammiello, one of three assists he had on the day. The final, game-winning goal, by Blake Finizio, was a total team effort that resulted from a turnover at the defensive-end, ball movement up the field, and an aggressive run by Blake through multiple checks to finish with authority and close out the game for the Scots’ victory.
All the boys deserve credit and recognition for their willingness to work hard and sacrifice individual credit for team success. Jack Ewen was a team leader and played a critical role all season on face-offs, on defense, and was a constant threat on offense. Jobi Sodi was a leader as a midfielder on the man-down and zone defense units and was especially effective in the transition game. Ethan Robbins and Eddie Bouressa contributed many plays that don’t show up in the stat column but make the difference between winning and losing. In general, this group of athletes made significant growth over the course of the season. They started the season with two losses in the first three games, but persevered and displayed grit in developing their skills and teamwork to end the season with an eight-game win streak. Coached by Joshua Borthwick, Addison Duma-Kenny, Skip “Doc” Flanagan, and Trevor Faber, the boys finished the season with a record of 9-2 and captured their sixth consecutive league championship. The message from Doc and the coaching staff throughout the season was to “earn it”—that past success does not determine future success—and the Scots worked hard to experience success and add another championship banner to the Stoops Family gymnasium on the beautiful Saint Andrew’s campus.