Considered one of the top teams in the nation, American Heritage can now say it is definitively the best girls lacrosse team in Florida.
The Stallions shut down Orlando-Lake Highland Prep and won its first state title 10-7 on Friday night at Boca Raton High.
“It’s just the beginning, our first state championship,” sophomore Kylie Hazen said. “It’s just a great experience. Just going to continue working hard. Hopefully, many more to come.”
American Heritage’s high-powered offense, led by sophomore Syracuse commit Caitlyn Wurzburger and junior Louisville commit Allegra Catalano, got off to an unusually slow start.
The Highlanders scored the first goal of the contest after more than six minutes of scoreless action. Catalano got the Stallions on the board about a minute later, but then Lake Highland Prep scored again. It would be the last lead the Highlanders would hold, but it lasted longer than normal.
American Heritage pushed ahead before the end of the half thanks to a pair of goals by Hazen, a score by Wurzburger, and another by sophomore Sara Palmisano.
“I’m actually speechless,” Wurzburger said. “I can’t believe we just did that.”
Hazen scored her third goal early in the second half, and Payton Wainman, Anna Palmisano and Wurzburger added scores to put the Stallions ahead 10-4. Although the Highlanders scored three late goals in the game’s waning minutes, Heritage had all but clinched its first title already.
“They hired me to win championships,” coach John McClain said, “and that’s the first one.”