Sunny Side of Florida Head Injury Scare
A clash of Florida high school boys' lacrosse powers Tuesday night ended with both teams kneeling at midfield in prayer. But it wound up becoming a feel-good moment.
Connor Cecil, a senior midfielder for Boca Raton, suffered a head injury in the second quarter of the Bobcats' 18-2 loss to St. Andrew's and was taken to a local hospital at halftime.
Cecil, who will play at NCAA Division II St. Leo next year, took a knee to the head during the game and did not return. His family sent an email to team supporters saying "he is fine and will be back on the field in a week."
But the bigger buzz in the Florida lacrosse community Wednesday was about how players from Boca Raton (6-1), the state's third-ranked team, and top-ranked St. Andrew's (8-0) united afterward in support of Connor.
The Cecil family received a photo (right) depicting it later in the night.
"I can't tell you how much that touched me. To see such fierce competitors come together, leaving the game behind them, to pray for one of their own is truly amazing," his mother Amy wrote in an email. "This is what we want from our team, our children. The scores don't matter, but the character sure does. This is what lacrosse should be."
In other high school news, Henry Blynn had four goals and an assist, Sam Rohr had a hat trick and Gavin McBride added two goals and three assists as Haverford (Pa.), Lacrosse Magazine's preseason No. 2-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region, rolled past Baltimore's St. Paul's, 15-6. See photos here and check out game footage below provided by Kudda.com.
Starting next week, LaxMagazine.com will roll out its weekly regional top-10 rankings and reports for the West, Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast and a new national top 25 poll for both boys' and girls' lacrosse. Stay tuned.
Haverford (Pa.) 15, St. Paul's (Md.) 6