The building process began last season under first-year head coach Jeff Cole and the Falcons managed five victories, including sweeps of Sarasota Military Academy and Lakeland Lake Gibson. Despite a number of early lopsided losses, the young Falcons stayed the course. Saint Stephen’s won three of its final seven games and took Community School of Naples to overtime before falling 7-6 in the regular-season finale.
The 2018 season will be just Saint Stephen’s fifth as an FHSAA-sanctioned program and second under Cole, who played collegiate lacrosse and football at St. Lawrence University in New York. Prior to coming to SSES, Cole led the Manatee Lacrosse Club. He took over a floundering program that finished 2-13 in 2014, and went 13-2 just two seasons later. For his efforts, Cole was named the Florida Gulf Coast Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 2016.
The 2018 Falcons will be mix of experience and youth led by all-district performers Parker Lansberg, Colin Varady, Tyler Burnham, Truman Carlsen and Jarrett Millican.
Lacrosse is FHSAA recognized and is a spring season sport.