Plant’s outstanding boys lacrosse season ended in a hard-fought 13-8 playoff loss at Orlando Dr. Phillips Friday night.
The Panthers (14-2) got behind early and could never really close the gap in the second half.
“I think we came out a little sluggish,” Plant’ senior Julian Taylor said. “(Dr. Phillips) got a couple of quick (goals) on us. We fought back hard, but (Dr. Phillps) was tough tonight.”
Plant still had plenty of reason to be proud after playing its first season in the Florida High School Athletic Association series.
Plant finished up its season by defeating Jesuit 13-7 in a district final and Newsome 9-8 in a play-in game, making the Panthers the lone survivor from Hillsborough County.
Tampa Catholic girls fall in play-in game
Tampa Catholic traveled for its second round play-in game to Orlando Olympia, which ended up defeating the Crusaders 16-6.
“(Olympia) jumped out quick on us with a couple of goals and that made it tough,” Tampa Catholic coach Charlie Bodine said. “We settled down and played well, but Olympia proved to be really strong.”
TC ended its season 16-5, and Bodine said he feels good about the Crusaders’ future.
“We return (22 of 29 players) for next year, and there is a lot of excitement at TC for the program,” Bodine said. “(Hillsborough County) is still pretty young to lacrosse when compared to the Orlando, Vero Beach and Naples areas.
“But we’re working on it. It’s building.”