On April 17, 2013, IMG Academy broke ground on a world-class, multi-sport complex. A state-of-the-art stadium, opening in August 2013, marks the first phase of expansion.
Today, in the company of student-athletes and their families, staff, alumni, professional athletes, sports performance partners, community leaders, and many more, IMG Academy broke ground on a world-class, multi-sport complex. A state-of-the-art stadium, opening in August 2013, marks the first phase of expansion.
After two lightening delays, IMG Academy came out strong to score their 11th consecutive win of the season against Port Charlotte, winning by a margin of 23-4. Jonathon Thelen led the way in scoring with eight goals and four assists, while fellow attackman Jackson Costello also added five goals and two assists.
“With this being our last road game, I was very happy with our team’s performance,” said Offensive Coordinator Pat Haley. “I thought it was by far our most complete game this season.”
In their first game back from Spring Break, IMG Academy got off to a sluggish start when they faced Newsome. However, the team got in gear and came to life by the end of the first half, scoring three goals over the span of the last minute to provide a 9-4 advantage before the half. IMG Academy went on to win by a score of 16-8, extending their winning streak to 10 games.
There is no letting up for the IMG Academy lacrosse team, who cruised to its eighth straight win with a 26-2 drubbing of Durant (Plant City, Fla.). Attackman Jackson Costello led the charge with 11 goals and four assists on the day, while attackman Jonathan Thelen added another nine goals and four assists of his own.
Though the attackmen recorded incredible numbers against Durant, Offensive Coordinator Pat Haley credited the midfielders as the key to victory.
IMG Academy is one of only two places in the world that integrates field and box lacrosse training, and this innovative approach is beginning to gain international attention. The lacrosse program offers camps year-round, featuring high-level tactical and skill development that offers players new ways to attack the goal and enhance their conditioning. Last week, three campers came all the way from Japan to Bradenton, Fla. to attend camp.
Prior to the game against Sarasota, Head Coach Bill Shatz was very clear to the team how he wanted them to play: “I told them that I wanted them to play hard, to run our offense the right way, and to finish plays.”
On Friday night, IMG Academy played its first nationally ranked lacrosse opponent of the year, Houston Christian Academy. In a back and forth game, IMG Academy prevailed as Jonathan Thelen scored the game winning goal with 2:30 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Thelen had eight goals and two assists for the game, while Nick Katz added two goals. Sophomore attack Jackson Costello took on a more distributive role for the game, racking up five assists and one goal.
St. Petersburg began the game with an intense energy, and began the game by putting three quick scores on the board. IMG Academy quickly regained its composure, and answered back with 14 goals of its own to record another win on the season by a score of 14-6.