OK, it wasn't Florida, but coach Brady Sullivan's boys lacrosse team did make it as far South as Louisville, KY, for a spring break trip. And the Libertyville boys lacrosse team won two of three matches on that trip.
"We are a young team with a freshman and 11 sophomores,'' Sullivan said. "But the seniors on the team are some of our top players."
Senior Griffin Adams is in goal. He gets help on defense from seniors Matthew Molitor and Ty Benson. Also helping that effort is J.P. Pistella, Drew Krinitsky and Kevin Verkler.
On offense, Sullivan counts on the help of John Luehrsen, Jack Wittenborn, Bill Stock, Zach Friedman, A.J. Schmidt and Nick Ward.
In conference play recently, the Wildcats scored seven goals in the first quarter and went on to beat rival Stevenson 13-6.
Both Friedman and Ward had hat tricks. Jack Wittenborn and Zack Labrum both had two goals each. Also scoring for the winners were Stock, Schmidt and Connor Loucks. Stock paced the team with two assists. Adams notched 12 assists in goal.
On April 15, St. Viator edged Libertyville 8-6. Luehrsen was the lone Wildcats player with two goals. Adams made nine saves.
Also on the Libertyville roster is Patrick Slade, Brian Rooney, Eric Harper, Tyler Crusey, Clay Cusek, Jack Ryan, Patrick Geary, Billy Klaess, Luke Stelzner, Tyler Garrison, Joe Aumuller, Anthony Zotto, Cole Blazer and Erik Engstrom.
Girls Lacrosse: The girls have also been out of town this season. Libertyville coach Dana Brady felt her team's venture to Columbus, Ohio paid dividends.
"Our young team gained some valuable tournament experience,'' Brady said.
After an early morning loss, the Wildcats battled hail and lightning but prevailed over a another Columbus team.
Brady is impressed with the midfielders on this team. This group includes Hope Nishimoto, Meghann Stelzner and Olivia Mayer. Defenders Katie Piazzi and Lauren Pacholski help out talented goalie Molly Toohey.
Also helping out the Wildcats this spring are Gina Filippo, Lauren Muender, Mary Kate Lee, Brittany Ahlgrim, Jenny Rolston, Jessica Beresford, Maddie Stoneman, Stephanie Opthof, Nicki Panega, Abi Gearing, Taylor Ronne, Lauren Pacholski, Katie Piazzi, Morgan Gawlik and Lily Van Der Bosch.