2020 Manatee Lacrosse Program

March 11, 2020

This is the third year our school has been able to have both a girls and boys lacrosse team. Tryouts took place during the week of Jan 27th on the practice field. Many athletes from each grade showed up to tryouts and did very well. The girls team has a roster number of 25, and the boys team has a roster number of 28.

The teams would like to thank the booster club members who make having this program possible; The Adams Family, American Car Care, The Mike Anderson Family, The Bartz Family, The Bettle Family, Rom and Bea Bourque, Carl Reynolds Law, Pat and Elena Cassella, The Costello Family, Cox Chevrolet, Tiffany Price-Cumberland, Russ and Kristin DesErmia, The Emmrich Family, Matt and Erin Faul, The Funtal Family, Mark Jackson, Ern and Lindy Kruse, Legler Murphy and Battaglia, The Lehto Family, Dave and Pat Moynihan, The Murphy Family, NDC, The Pagnotta Family, The Parker Family, The Ralston Family, The Reynolds Family, The Rosa Family, John and Carrie Schultz, Peter and JoAnne Shirk, Jo an Webb, Wagner Reality, The Westendorf Family, and the Wildcats Lacrosse program.

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

The 2020 boys varsity lacrosse team is going out with a bang this year, already winning one of their first home games. There are 28 boys on the team this year and they are ready to dominate this season.

The boys head varsity coach this year is Many Cruz. Cruz played for three years at SUNY Cortland and was a member of the D2 National Championship Team in 1975. Cruz and his family moved to Florida in 1976. He finished school at USF, where he and his brother led the team to  back to back two year State Club Championship, winning one. Cruz got into coaching while at USF. He has also coached middle school teams in Lakewood Ranch, and after two years, he moved up to coach high school where he coached at Sarasota Military Academy and St. Stephens. Head Coach Cruz is assisted by Steve Asroff and Scott Kallins this season.

“I’m really excited for this season, and I’m ready to give it all I’ve got for senior year. Hopefully, we can come out with some wins this year and show what we’ve got on the field,” said senior captain Ryan Ciolino.

2020 Boys Varsity Team Roster

#         Name                           Grade

1          Michael Fendy           10

Look fierce, play fierce : The boys pose for their first official team picture of the 2020 season. The boys first game was held on Feb. 18th against Sarasota High School at the Hurricanes Stadium. “I’m excited to play one last time with these boys, most of us played wildcats together in middle school and I’m looking forward to playing with them again,” said senior captain Logan Cumberland.

2         Charles Gonzalez       10

3         Dylan Bell                    10

4         Riley Noris                  11

5         Jasper Turner            10

6         Ian Funtal                   11

7         Tim Miley                    9

8         Ryan Murdoch           9

9         Evan Scalone              10

10       Noah Costello             10

11        Ryan Ciolino               12

12        Lennon Thorne          11

13        Andrew Zoller            10

14        Ayden Bassett            9

15        Charlie Faul                9

16        Elias Fitzsimmons     11

17        Lane Lehto                   10

18        Logan Cumberland    12

19        Cole Murphy                10

20       Brian Ackles                 12

21        William Jackson         9

22        Tyler Parker                12

23        Jackson Seery             10

24        Wesely Choate            9

25        Enrique Schenkel       11

James Balzer

Mason Cadmus

Malachi Ligon

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Girls Varsity Lacrosse

The girls are working hard this season with wanting to make it to the final round of districts. Last year the girls made it to the first round of districts and had a close loss against Riverview. This year the team wants to accomplish great things and have fun along the way.

The girls varsity coach this year is Kristy Harris. Coach Harris is from Long Island and started playing when she was in 7th grade at Smithtown Middle School. She played all four years on Varsity and went on to Join the Empire State team. Harris has coached many undefeated seasons as the Head Coach for Shoreham Wading Lacrosse in New York and locally at Monster’s Lacrosse in Lakewood Ranch. She was the JV coach at Out of Door Academy and led them to an undefeated season in 2015, and was also an assistant coach to their varsity team the following two years. Coach Harris has lead many lacrosse clinics in Manatee and Sarasota counties as well as helping at Wildcats Lacrosse. Harris has also been a Florida “Teacher of the Year” nominee and has been a teacher in Manatee County for 13 years. Now she has joined her husband to sell real estate. The team is excited to have her on board, and they are excited for this season with her.

“This year, I’m excited that I’m able to lead the team this year as a captain. I’m also looking forward to bonding and growing as a team with this great group of girls,” said senior captain Ali Gierhart.

Look pretty, play strong: The girls pose for their first team photo together. Their first game was held at St. Stephens on Feb. 20th. “Lacrosse season is something I look forward to every year, and I’m truly excited to spend my last year getting better as a player and as a teammate to the girls,” said senior Rylie Cunneen.

2020 Girls Varsity Team Roster

#                     Name                            Grade

1                      Lynlee Clarke              10

2                     Rylie Cunneen             12

3                     Penelope May               9

4                     Sydney Morrison          9

5                     Emma Winfield             9

6                     Cassie  Leal                     9

7                     Cameron Murphy          9

8                     Emily Clark                    12

9                     Ali Gierhart                    12

10                   Abby Ralston                 11

11                    Brighton LaFlamme     12

12                   Abigail Owen                  9

13                   Leah Cumberland          10

14                   Emma Martin                 10

15                   Ella Emmrich                  9

17                   Grace Diggins                  10

18                   Bella Rosa                        9

19                   Abby Clark                       11

20                  Reyanna Troupe             11

22                   Ciara Jones                    10

23                   Violet Kelly                   10

24                   Carlee Schultz              10

25                   Maddy Rogers              10


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