Lacrosse Tops Rival Catholic to Take Control of District
The game both squads had circled on their district schedule is also likely the best rivalry in the Pensacola area. Gulf Breeze played host to the Catholic Crusaders in a heated rivalry game that traditionally needs no additional storylines. There were several, however, as this match-up determined the district championship in the tournament at Catholic's home stadium a season ago. Gulf Breeze, having already beaten tough district opponent the West Florida Jaguars, came into the game tested and with renewed chemistry. Catholic was looking for revenge for the district championship and to put themselves in the driver's seat of the district race going into the post-season. The Crusaders would not get their way, however, despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter. The Dolphins would rally and eventually take the lead, holding on to win 11-9. “I thought tonight was fun, we didn’t want to get hit in the mouth early on like we did but we knew it was going to be a dog fight,” Gulf Breeze head coach Earle McAuley told the Pensacola News Journal in an interview following his team's win. “Catholic’s face-off guy Will Butler is phenomenal. We had a hard time dealing with him. Once we dialed that in a bit, our possessions started clicking.” The Dolphins hold firmly onto the sole spot atop the district standings, but still have several tough tests ahead on the schedule. They will be home Saturday to host visiting Chiles High from Tallahassee before returning to district competition when they play Escambia High on March 12th.