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Monday, May 09, 2021

It’s not quite like hockey in Florida, but seeing that grand Northeastern shin-whacking game of lacrosse starting to take root in the Sunshine State’s high schools and colleges seems a bit foreign.

Locally, there are teams in Citrus Park, Clearwater, Freedom High School, Lakewood Ranch, FishHawk Ranch, at Plant High School, Tampa Jesuit and Tampa Catholic.

Saint Leo University will field its first intercollegiate team next year, and two Wesley Chapel players plan to be on that inaugural team. Saint Leo president Arthur F. Kirk Jr. is a lacrosse player himself.

“Colleges in the northeast have been playing for years,” Kirk said. “Now you’re seeing it catch on in California, and you’re going to see it in Florida. We’re trying to get a little ahead of the curve.”

The Wesley Chapel teams have been around four years - longer than most in this area. They are among the best in the state. The high school-level team won its conference this year, losing only two regular season games. The middle school-level team was undefeated.

My limited exposure to the sport convinced me that you need a healthy streak of masochism to really get into it — and this is a hockey fan/player talking. It’s like a constant high-sticking marathon, with the odds of getting your teeth knocked out very high. All in all, I’ll take the ice, thanks.

Can lacrosse make it here? Hey, who ever figured the Stanley Cup would wind up in Florida? Or for that matter, the Bucs ever winning a Super Bowl? Anything’s possible.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/09/2021 10:07:56 PM
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Saturday, March 05, 2021

Think the Kentucky Derby is the only way to party with an equine theme? Churchill Downs has nothing on Palm Beach’s burgeoning polo scene, which features the U.S. Polo Open.

Lest you think the sport of kings is too hoity-toity:

“It’s the greatest addiction in the world. The excitement, the challenge, the passion, the danger. After you get off a horse after a seven-minute chukker, your brain is totally refreshed. It’s better than sex.”
- Marysue Jacobs, Wellington real estate broker and occasional polo player

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 03/05/2021 07:00:38 PM
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