Jupiter tops Bishop Moore to capture first boys lacrosse state title
Boca Raton —
Since becoming an official FHSAA sport in 2008, no public school had ever won a boys lacrosse state championship.
Playing just 43 miles from campus in the finals, Jupiter topped Bishop Moore 11-8 at Boca Raton High School to capture its first state championship.
Denver Aranda scored a game-high five goals, while Benno Janssen scoed three and Kenny Cronin added two to pace the the Warriors.
Jupiter has consistently been one of Florida’s top teams over the past six years, but had been unable to break through the glass ceiling and take home the crown. This season, Jupiter shattered it.
Under first-year coach Nick O’Hara, a longtime Warriors assistant who swapped roles with Danny Loftus in the offseason, Jupiter ran off a 21-2 record on the season.
Playing in its first state championship game, the Warriors struck first as Chris Radice from Denver Aranda for a man-up finish. The Warriors extended their lead to 4-2 in the first half after Aranda, Kenny Cronin and Benno Janssen all found the back of the net.
Bishop Moore bounced back in the second quarter, scoring two unanswered to tie the game 4-4 at halftime.
After the Hornets scored two minutes into the third to take their first lead of the game, Jupiter answered back with a massive counterpunch. The Warriors scored three straight goals in less than a minute to take a 7-5 lead, sending the Jupiter faithful into a frenzy.
The Warriors kept up the pace in the fourth quarter to keep the Hornets at bay.
With the win, Palm Beach County swept the lacrosse state championships. On Friday night, American Heritage-Delray beat Lake Highland Prep 10-7 to capture the girls title.