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BULLETIN: May 9, 2019 — Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 10, Delray American Heritage (Fla.) 6

BOCA RATON, Fla — Chris Robinson has found success wherever he has gone as a girls’ high-school lacrosse coach.

After his resignation at Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.) and subsequent move to Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.), it took five seasons for his team to find the form that not only got the Eagles to win the IAAM Class A final, but also spun a streak that would reach 198 games after he left to go to Florida to coach.

Once in Florida, it’s taken Robinson just one season to find lightning in a bottle. His new team, Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) won its way into Saturday’s state final in Class 1A of the Florida High School Athletic Association, and did so against an uncommonly good opponent.

That opponent, Delray American Heritage (Fla.), was the defending state champion. In addition, Heritage has on its roster a junior named Caitlyn Wurzburger who, as a sophomore, amassed more career assists than anyone in the history of scholastic girls’ lacrosse. This year, she broke the record for career combined goals and assists.

But Robinson managed to motivate his team to play a good lockdown defense on Wurzburger, limiting her touches and chances in beating American Heritage 10-6 in a rematch of last year’s title match.

May 9, 2019 — The FHSAA takes a page out of NCAA Division II

Beginning this evening at Boca Raton (Fla.), teams representing six sports are coming together for the semifinals and finals of the Florida High School Athletic Association state championships for the spring season.

It’s like those weekends every couple of years when NCAA Division II showcases an entire season’s worth of sports in one city; the NCAA has done this in Pittsburgh, Pensacola, and Louisville in recent years.

One of the FHSAA championships to be contested this weekend is Class 1A girls’ lacrosse, which should see an awesome matchup between Delray American Heritage (Fla.) and Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) — and that’s just in the semifinals.

But instead of doing the buildup ourselves, we’ll let the Orlando Sentinel do it.