Pinecrest players weaved and whipped their sticks and found the net in an 8-7 win against Stoneman Douglas on Thursday at Calvary Christian in the District 24 lacrosse championship.
“We are excited,” Panthers coach George Harris said. “We played much smarter than we did the other night and more disciplined than the first time we played against a much more improved Stoneman team. We executed the game plan.”
The Eagles stifled the Panthers in the first quarter to take a 2-1 lead. The Panthers scored to tie the game at 2 early in the second quarter before Noah Dearman scored twice, giving his team a 4-2 edge.
“I told them there was plenty of game left,” Harris said. “We have been down before.”
The Panthers (10-7) took a 5-3 lead into the half. In the third quarter, each team scored once, setting up a close fourth quarter. Blake Israel found the net early in the fourth quarter to cut the score to 6-5. Panther’s goalie Patrick Haley began to feel the pressure.
“The pressure started building up, and I said, ‘Oh, boy, here it comes,” Haley said. “We had to force outside shots, but I had to get ready for it because they were going to pressure us. I kept my cool, and so did the defense.”
Two Panthers goals later, the crowd began to rise with an 8-5 lead. The Eagles egged on their counterparts with one more score before netting the nail biter with 30 seconds remaining. But Haley’s heroics and a relentless defense denied the Eagles the tying score.
Zach Smith led the Panthers with two goals and four assists. Alex Caldwell also scored in the win.
“I thought our defense did a good job forcing a lot of outside shots,” Haley said. “Not a lot of clean shots down the alley. They allowed me to make some good saves.”
Coral Springs Christian basketball standouts 6-8 Moses Newman and 6-5 Lawrence Barnes ensured they will be college teammates after signing a letter of intent with Florida State College on Wednesday.
Barnes averaged a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds, and Newman averaged eight points and five rebounds this past season.
Archbishop McCarthy announced that nine of its student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play collegiate sports.
The following athletes signed their letters: Kry Nichlany (swimming) Incarnate Word University; Shawn Sanon (soccer) University of West Florida; Kaitlin Armstrong (swimming) Lynn University; Sean Pratt (football) Ave Maria University; Karly Zacharias (soccer) Young Harris College; Drew Nolan (football) Oberlin College; Nick Bost (football) Capital University; Edwin Betancourt (soccer) University Missouri Kansas City; and Alexa Rivera (soccer) St. Thomas University.
BASEBALLPembroke Pines Charter 6, South Broward 1: Gulliver 4, American Heritage 2: Cooper City 8, Stranahan 0:
SOFTBALLDistrict 14-7A final — Monarch 16, Ft. Lauderdale 0: American Heritage 15, Archbishop McCarthy 0:
BOYS’ VOLLEYBALLMonarch d. Deerfield Beach 25-15, 25-17, 25-13: Late Wednesday — Monarch d. Nova 25-10, 25-20, 25-17:
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