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Conchs fall to Gulliver in state playoffs

Conch goalie Joey Eppy blocks one of the many shots Gulliver took Thursday night.
Conch goalie Joey Eppy blocks one of the many shots Gulliver took Thursday night.

A stirring comeback fell short, and the Key West High boys lacrosse team lost to Gulliver Prep, 13-8, on Thursday night in a state playoff game at the Conchs' Back Yard field.

The 10-11 Conchs, who were one of 32 teams in the playoffs, finished 16-2 under third-year coach Jake Luce.

"We gave it a good fight and I'm proud of my boys," Luce said.

Key West got off to a hot start before a big crowd and took a 2-1 lead early in the first quarter.

"Then they poured it on and kept scoring and scoring," Luce said.

Gulliver led, 12-4, at the half.

"We got it back to 12-8 with seven minutes left in the third quarter, and the fans were going nuts," Luce said. "But we just ran out of time — too little, too late."

Senior Colin Lutz led the Conchs with four goals; junior Josh McAlearney overcame an injury to score twice, and juniors Zack Hill and Kolby Kelleher each had one.goal.

On Friday morning, Luce talked optimistically about the future.

"We're building a lacrosse resume in Florida," he said. "We were able to play 18 games this season. Two years ago, when we first started, we played nine. That's how much we've grown."

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