The Hagerty girls lacrosse team return to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year under head coach Mitch Whittington.

Hagerty girls lacrosse lost 13-3 against Central Florida foe Lake Highland Prep in the 2018 state semi’s and could face them again this year should they advance past Friday’s opponent, The Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens). 

The Huskies come in with a 17-6 record, rank 30th in the nation and fifth in the Sunshine State. Their record includes five consecutive wins including an 11-9 victory in the regional finals against Ponte Vedra, who was ranked sixth at the time.

The nip and tuck battle with Ponte Vedra riled up Coach Mitch Whittington’s team for their next game against Gulf Breeze, where they outscored the opponent 18-4.

Leading the way this season for the Huskies are seniors Katie Williams and Reagan Romp, who have combined for 102 and 77 goals, respectively.

The last time this Hagerty squad lost was back on April 12. Can they make it a month’s worth of wins and bring a state title back to Seminole County?

Standing in their way is The Benjamin School, which boasts a 15-4 record, rank 17th nationally, and third in the state.

The Buccaneers have had a recent offensive explosion outscoring their opponents 48-17 in their last three games, including wins over Cardinal Newman, perennial powerhouse Vero Beach, and Naples.

“We have to execute on offense and reduce the impact their three best players have on the offensive end,” Whittington noted. “The draw circle will also be huge. Securing possession is key.”

The state semifinal will take place on May 9 at 5:00 p.m. at Boca Raton High School.

The winner of Thursday’s contest will play the winner of Lake Highland Prep and American Heritage (Delray Beach), who is ranked No. 2 in the country with a record of 22-1 according to MaxPreps.