The Gulf Breeze girls lacrosse team now has a shot at history in the first all-local, district lacrosse championship on Thursday.
Clearly anxious for the opportunity, the Dolphins wasted no time in a 21-1 win in the semifinals over Washington on Tuesday night.
Gulf Breeze’s first goal (Avery Curington, assisted by Kate-Raegan Costello) came 40 seconds into regulation and before seven minutes had passed, the Dolphins held a 3-0 lead.
By the 15th minute, Curington had produced a hat trick as the Dolphins led 8-0.
All-in-all, the Dolphins rocketed 37 shots on goal (13 from Curington) at Washington keeper Jordan Weddington, with six assists coming from the stick of Megan Pewitt.
“Avery had a great game, she was always right there with the ground balls,” Gulf Breeze head coach Carlee Costello said. “Megan did a great job finding teammates, especially from behind the goal. Kate-Reagan Costello put a couple in the net, and she was our main figure with draw control — which is key in how you begin setting up the game.”
While the primary goal Tuesday night for the Dolphins was to win, the team also spent time fine-tuning aspects of its game.
“We wanted to try some things to prepare us moving forward to big games,” said Costello, in her first year as HC. “We tried some new middy lines. We really want to concrete our offense together.”
The Dolphins hold 11 seniors on the team, who Costello has had an impact on since they started playing lacrosse in sixth grade.
“They (seniors) are the ones that started lacrosse in the area — they were the first ones to pick up a stick,” Costello said. “For them to be in the first all-local district championship, in their hometown and playing in their home stadium — it’s just awesome.”
Costello and the Dolphins will try not to let the moment feel to big on Thursday, and will aim to make the most of the opportunity.
“They main thing I was telling the team is that they are making history,” Costello said. “They need to realize that and what a huge, huge deal it is.”
The Dolphins will face Pensacola High in the District 1 finals on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
At Gulf Breeze
GB 21, Washington 1
GB (11-6) – Goals: Brianna Sekul 1, Katlyn Carlson 1, Shelby Dunne 2, Megan Pewitt 3, Frances Williams 1, Avery Curington 4, Keilly Thompson 3, Kate-Reagan Costello 3, Daly Ostrander 1.
Warren has big night to place PHS in district title game
Victoria Warren scored seven goals to lead Pensacola High to a 12-6 victory against West Florida High in the first semifinal of the District 1 girls lacrosse tournament.
Warren, a junior has joined with Gulf Breeze senior Frances Williams to be the area’s top scorers. The two friends will play against each other for a final time Thursday in the championship game. Grace Penta had three goals for Pensacola High. Abby Scott and Kylie Finkbone each had one.
PHS goalie Christina Gonzalez had nine saves.
Victoria Day had four goals for West Florida High. London Taliaferro and Abby Lovett each scored a goal for the Jaguars.
At Gulf Breeze
PHS 12, West Florida 6
PHS Goals: Victoria Warren- 7, Grace Penta- 3, Abby Scott- 1, Kylie Finkbone- 1, Saves: Christina Gonzalez- 9.
West Florida: Victoria Day- 4, London Taliaferro- 1, Abby Lovett- 1.