By: Wells Dusenbury
With the high school sports season officially over, we figured it's time to reflect on 2011-2012 and some of the standout performances from the year. Today, we begin our countdown of the top 10 plays from the past school year. Since we're not able to be at every single game, these are the top 10 plays that were captured by ESPN 760.
Number 10 - Jordan Todd torpedoes St. Thomas Aquinas' upset bid
When lacrosse schedules were finalized early in the year, April 13th was a date everyone had circled. Jeff Goldberg, who won 14 state championships with St. Andrew's before being dismissed by the school prior to the 2011 season, was making his return to the program he built as an assistant with St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Scots had seen their streak of eight consecutive state championships snapped in the program's first year without Goldberg, so speculation ran high on if Goldberg could orchestrate a changing of the guard in south Florida.
St. Andrew's entered the game as the favorite, but St. Thomas Aquinas made it clear early on they would be no pushover. The Raiders took an early 2-0 lead and held a one goal advantage for most of the first half before the Scots tied the game halftime.
The second half was more of a back-and-forth struggle. Every time the Scots looked like they would pull away, the Raiders answered back.
With under three minutes to go St. Andrew's held a narrow 9-8 lead over St. Thomas Aquinas and was trying desperately to put the game out of reach. The Raiders then committed a slashing penalty, giving St. Andrew's a man-up opportunity. Jordan Todd made them pay.
With the senior attackman set up on the outside, Todd ripped an absolute laser toward the goal. The shot was perfectly placed and whizzed top shelf past the goalie, just dinging the inside of the cage.
The goal gave St. Andrew's a 10-8 lead with 2:34 to go and put the game out of reach for the Raiders. The Scots would end up defeating St. Thomas 11-8, en route to another state championship for the school.
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