Ransom Everglades, at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
“As everyone knows, Gulliver vs. Ransom has always had a big rivalry. We held the game at SunLife Stadium to give the players an opportunity to play on the big stage that most have never played on before,” said Coach Jim Piggot.
Ransom beat Gulliver with a close score of 8-7, breaking the tie with one last goal two minutes before the end of the game. Key players in the game were Grant Wood, Jojo Rousseau, Pierce Bailey, playing with a broken hand, and Andres Brenner, all scoring goals. The game was the first that Brenner played in after recovering from surgery, and he scored two goals throughout the game.
“Every game we play against Ransom turns out to be a fun game. I think the fact that we played at a big stadium this year, made the game fun even though we didn’t end up winning,” said senior Andres Brenner.
Though the Raiders did not come out victorious, the team was excited to have such a great opportunity to play at such a large venue. Every year, they look forward to the big rivalry.
“We’ll beat them when it counts. Next time around, either in Districts, or even next year, we’ll show them that we can beat them,” said sophomore Jojo Rousseau.
The much anticipated game attracted many fans, friends, and family members, who went out to Sun Life to support their teams.
“The game was so intense, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was so exciting to be there and watch the team play,” said freshman Todd Jeremy Flinta.
Though the players are passionate about the loss against Ransom, Coach Piggot believes improvement is key.
“We have to stay disciplined. We need to continue to grow our ‘Lacrosse IQ,’ which is knowledge of the game that enables the players to make good decisions,” said Piggot.
Continuing to practice and learn more about the game itself, the Varsity team is working on building up its game tactics and performing better as a whole. The game against Ransom, held a month into the season, was an opportunity to figure out their strengths and weaknesses, ultimately allowing them to improve their team performance.