Shark stickmen advance


The Ponte Vedra boys’ lacrosse team improved its record to 20-0 and in the process advanced to the second play-in round of the state tournament with a 21-2 win over Providence at the Stallions’ home field.

The game got away from the Stallions before it was four minutes old. They found themselves on the short end of the 6-0 score and matters went down hill quickly after that. Ponte Vedra ended the first quarter leading 16-1 and led at the half 18-1.

Coach Tom West emptied his bench in the second half in an effort to keep the score down while allowing his reserves to see playoff action. The move was successful in both respects as Ponte Vedra scored just three more times and most of the Shark squad saw plenty of playing time.

As is typical with the Sharks, many players got their name in the scorebook. Matt Keeler with four goals and one assist and Jack Burke with four goals led the Shark attack. Reid Smith finished with three goals and three assists while Devin Hoffman had three goals and one assist. Jack Woeste picked up two goals and Andrew O’Dare, CD James, Clay Welch and Austin Silva scored one each. Hal Swan added a goal and an assist while Marshall Few and Jude Kuhn had a pair of assists. Ben Buchanan picked up an assist to finish the Ponte Vedra scoring.

With the win Ponte Vedra advanced to the next round of playoffs.