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The Key West girls lacrosse team fell to the highly ranked St. Thomas Aquinas on March 28. MARK HEDDEN/Keys Weekly

There were no winners in Monroe County lacrosse last week, with Keys teams taking on tougher opponents at the end of the regular season to prepare for the higher-caliber competition they will likely see in the upcoming postseason.

Key West’s 7-3 boys team has not played a game since its March 15 loss to Menendez of St. Augustine. The team has the chance to put its wins into double digits with three regular season games left on the schedule. The Conchs’ record and strength of schedule should give them the No. 2 seed in their district, which could mean a playoff home game as long as they beat Westminster Christian on Saturday, April 6. 

Coral Shores was dealt a pair of losses, the first coming at St. Brendan School on March 27, where the ’Canes lost 11-10. Two nights later, Coral Shores hosted NSU University School and lost 10-2. The 1-9 Hurricanes will have a chance to clinch the No. 4 seed in the district with a win against Westminster Christian and despite their record, the ’Canes are a talented team with the potential to upset a higher-ranked squad.

The Lady ’Canes and Lady Conchs each played one game last week. The Hurricanes were at Lourdes Academy on March 26, where they fell to the Royal Lions 15 to 6. Key West fell to the highly ranked St. Thomas Aquinas on March 28, losing to the Raiders 15 to 1. 

Coral Shores and Key West both have an opportunity to host a game for the opening round of district play. Their six-team district will likely have the No. 1 and No. 2 spots claimed by Westminster and Ransom, leaving the third seed up for grabs. The Conchs are currently the higher-ranked team, which would give them the home-team advantage in their quarterfinal game. A Key West/Coral Shores game is a strong possibility for round one, which begins for all districts on Wednesday, April 10.

Tracy McDonald
Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.