Lacrosse is one of the newest programs on campus. The 2020 season will be just Saint Stephen’s seventh as an FHSAA-sanctioned program. After posting the first winning season in school history in 2018 (11-9) and exceeding all expectations, the 2019 Falcons had an up-and-down campaign. A promising 5-2 start evaporated as SSES stumbled, losing five of its last six, and failed to qualify for the district tournament. Seniors Jarrett Millican and Colin Varady made enough of an impact to earn Sarasota Herald-Tribune all-area honors on their way out.
While competitive strides have been made, the next step is to become relevant in district play and a challenger to the league’s upper echelon – Cardinal Mooney, Sarasota Riverview, and Out-of-Door Academy. That will be the challenge for a new coaching staff as Head Coach Dan Rice stepped aside at the end of the 2019 season after two years on the sideline for the Falcons.
Many of the building blocks for the team are now growing into upperclassmen, led by seniors Caden Milburn and Julian Sedillo, and juniors Chris Donnelly and Cade Ryskamp. They have all played significant roles during the program’s rise and should be counted on to provide leadership. If the Falcons can make a jump forward in 2020 the way they did in 2018, it will be an impressive feat and help solidify the program as one to be reckoned with in the future.