Nobody was sure what the outcome was going to be when IMG Academy’s Lacrosse Team took the field last night against Rory Whipple’s University of Tampa’s Junior Varsity squad in an exhibition match. IMG Academy was coming off of blowout wins with scores of 23-1 and 23-0. However, the University of Tampa JV team boasted a roster of 20-year olds on their roster who were bigger, faster, stronger and more experienced than any of IMG Academy's first four opponents. IMG Academy's high school team fought hard and hung in with their older college foe, but fell by a score of 14-10.
“This is one rare example of when we, as a coaching staff, are actually happy with a loss," said IMG Academy Head Coach Bill Shatz. "I thought our boys played hard tonight and I am very proud of them."
Leading goal scorer Jonathan Thelen continued his hot streak with another big game last night, contributing five goals and an assist. Fellow classmate, junior Nick Katz, had a season high three goals. Parker Smith continued to be impressive in net, keeping IMG Academy in the game with eight first quarter saves, and finished the game with 18 on the night.
IMG Academy will return to action this Saturday, March 2nd when they host Sarasota at 1:00 pm on Soccer Field #8 on IMG Academy's West Campus.