Both the William Floyd High School boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams are going to the playoffs! Following a strange season with unforeseen challenges and circumstances, the Colonials persevered and will be well-represented in this year’s Section XI Division I lacrosse playoffs.
“This season has been an absolute grind,” said Desmond Megna, head coach, boys varsity lacrosse. “Our philosophy from the beginning was to play as many kids as possible early to get as much experience as we could. It has been very beneficial as the season progressed to keep kids fresh and ready to play.” The Colonials needed a strong start to their season to put themselves in playoff position, and they did just that by winning five of their first seven games.
Julian Duque had a historic season, leading the Colonial charge with 64 goals in just 13 games, topping all of Long Island in that category. Jake Taylor ranked fifth in Suffolk County in points, and Jezayd Hall played a key role in face-offs, winning 75 percent of his draws this season.
“I don’t think people truly understand what these kids accomplished,” said Coach Megna. “Last season’s team was poised to be the best team William Floyd ever had. Due to COVID-19 we had to replace our leader in points, our top midfielder, and our entire starting defense. To come back this season and make the playoffs in the best public school division in the nation is incredible.”
The boys varsity Colonials (No. 11) will travel to Smithtown East (No. 6) today, June 8, at 4 pm. More photos available here!
Girls varsity head coach Paul Vassallo, like most coaches this season, did not know what to expect from his team following the cancellation of last season. “Some of our wins shocked all of us – not every day does the 16 seed beat a four seed,” said Coach Vassallo.
What Coach Vassallo did believe was that his team had the talent and the drive to accomplish great things. The Colonials started the season against two of the top teams in the division, and used that as a benchmark to see just how good they could be. “Our two toughest games of the season were against Northport and Commack. We knew it would be tough playing the defending state champions in game one of the season. We played them very tough and learned a lot about our team.”
Following an 0-2 start, the Colonials dominated in Division I, winning 11 of their final 12 games and securing an 11-3 record, tied for the third-most wins in their division. “We have a lot of talent across the board with many different skillsets,” said Coach Vassallo. “Our defense is ranked eighth out of 46 teams in goals allowed throughout Long Island led by Emily Murtha and Jackie Sutherland. Kayla Gilmore proved that she is dominant in draw controls and also ranked eighth in total points in Suffolk County.
The girls varsity Colonials (No. 7) will host Sachem North (No. 10) on Wednesday, June 9 at 4 pm. More photos available here!
Best of luck to Coach Megna, Coach Vassallo, their coaching staffs and the student-athletes as they begin the playoffs!
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