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March 4, 2021 — The more things stay the same

Last night, there was a South Florida derby match as the girls’ lacrosse teams from Orlando Bishop Moore (Fla.) took on defending 2019 state champion Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.).

Lake Highland Prep thought it might have had a dream start with a goal less than 30 seconds into the first half, but it was waved off. Bishop Moore took advantage and scored straightaway. The home crowd cheered; could the varsity do what the JV had done moments earlier in winning the preliminary match 8-7?

The Highlanders varsity, being a Chris Robinson-coached team, did what you might expect. It punched in goal after goal after goal on the way to winning the game 23-4.

This year’s Lake Highland Prep team is one which is bereft of the opportunity to match its skills with teams willing to come to Florida for spring-break lacrosse. There’s no Milton (Ga.) on the team’s list of fixtures, no teams from the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, and nobody from the usual group of top lacrosse programs outside of the Sunshine State.

That has not mattered. The first three games of the season, Lake Highland Prep outscored their opponents 72-1. And in the fourth game of the young season, the Highlanders took down Bradenton IMG Academy (Fla.), the superprep team from a school which is unashamedly athlete-focused. But LHP won this contest by a score of 18-5.

The regrettable thing about the 2021 girls’ scholastic lacrosse season is that we may never truly know how good this Lake Highland Prep side could be against the best of the best. But then again, they may be proving how good they are already with their results on the pitch.