TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 2/15/16
Bishop Moore coach Kelly Blystone knew entering her team’s opener that the Hornets had the ability to end Vero Beach’s incredible 145-game in-state Florida win streak.
“When the schedule came out some people thought I was crazy to have them as our first game,” said Blystone. “I knew we could hang with them. I told the girls they had to take this opportunity.”
The Hornets did just that on Thursday – and in stunning style.
Bishop Moore, which went 10-7 last year and fields just two seniors, scored the first eight goals of the second half to turn a 4-2 lead into a 12-2 rout.
Vero Beach’s loss was its first to a Florida team in nine years. The Fighting Indians last lost to a Sunshine State team on Feb. 16, 2007 when they lost to Lake Brantley, 7-6. Vero has won the last 10 state championships.
Senior Sarah Larkin (USC commit) led Bishop Moore with five goals and 2017 Abby Spalding had four goals while 2017 Jeanne Kachris (Johns Hopkins commit) had three goals while 2018 goalie Sophia Villalonga made 10 saves and 2018 Cate Curry dominated the draws.
“I thought we controlled the energy, really, from the very first draw,” said Blystone. “They were surprised. I don’t think we were on their radar. But our girls were confident.”
Blystone noted that her team has only two seniors, but a strong junior class (14 on varsity).
“We are young; there were multiple kids playing their first varsity game,” she said. “But we have such amazing talent on our team and what’s kept us apart as that we are more of a family than just a team.
“I knew we had the talent and we sort of changed some things around this year.”
Bishop Moore (ranked No. 9 in this week’s TopLaxRecruits Southern Rankings) can’t enjoy the win too much. It hosts last year’s state runner-up, Ponte Vedra (3-0), on Friday.
“We are coming together, but we have got a lot of work to do,” said Blystone. “Yes, right now we are No. 1 (in the state) in LaxPower. It is a big deal, but it’s not like winning a state championship so we are going to keep it in perspective.”
Blystone acknowledged what Vero Beach has accomplished in putting Florida lacrosse on the proverbial map.
“They absolutely have raised the level and brought attention to lacrosse in Florida,” she said. “Their program is fantastic and they have the model for how to build a program.”