LARGO – Two first-half goals by senior attacker Anthony Draughn were enough to lead the Largo High School boys lacrosse team past Frederick Douglass High School on May 14 and advance into the 1A South Regional Finals.
Draughn, (top left) a first-year lacrosse player, scored in the first five minutes of the game and slashed his way through two defenders to add the eventual game-winner early in the second quarter. The senior shot several opportunities throughout the game to score his third goal for the hat trick as he took the majority of Largo’s 29 total shots.
“As a whole, we try to focus on passing and today, and we were nervous because it was a big game for us in the playoffs,” Draughn said. “But me putting up two goals early gave us the confidence to keep fighting.”
Douglass (6-6) tied the game two minutes after the opening goal after attacker Damani Nixon launched a 10-yard strike into the net. Despite their Largo opponents having a size advantage over them, the Eagles were very physical, committing eight personal fouls.
The goalies had standout performances, limiting the scoring outputs for both teams despite a combined 47 total shots. Largo’s (9-2) attempts to increase their lead in the second half were stifled out by Douglass goalie (right) Taevion Sutton. The junior made a game-high 16 saves including 10 stops in the second half to keep the Eagles in the game.
“Today was my best game [all season], but I guess it was not enough for the win,” Sutton said. “But these are my brothers, and we promise to come back next year.”
Largo goalie Josue Facey finished with 10 saves, including a last-second stop in the closing moments of the game to seal the Lions’ victory.
With the win, Largo will be playing in its second consecutive regional final in the program’s young history. They will take on McDonough High School.