Space Coast Boom debut with third-place finish


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Members of the Space Coast Boom girls lacrosse team pose after their third-place finish at the LAX Blast Orlando tournament. There are 34 girls on the team, including six from Viera High and three from Holy Trinity.

The Space Coast Boom Lacrosse Club had quite an impressive debut at the LAX Blast Orlando Tournament.

Formed just three months earlier, the team made up of 34 high school girls from across Brevard County — including six from Viera High and three from Holy Trinity — finished third in the eight-team event.

“The girls did awesome,” assistant coach and team manager Tommy Jones said.  “They played really hard. They played like a team.”

Playing from Viera High were Alyssa Bache, Maggie Bowen, Lyanna Thomas, Rylee Thomas, Sara Balgo and Alina Turillo.

Holy Trinity players included Elisa Slattery, Olivia McHenry and Sarah Zeger.

Jones, who co-owns Viera Lacrosse and Sport on Murrell Road, said he formed the Space Coast Boom after hearing from a number of his young female customers that there was a need for a high school-aged club team.

“They had all these competition teams for boys, but there was nothing for the girls,” Jones said. “We opened up a lacrosse store, and I’d have girls come in to buy stuff and they always talked about how they didn’t have anything to play for in the summer. They always talked about having to travel to Vero (Beach) or Orlando. I had a couple of girls come to me and say, ‘Hey, can you help us build a team?’ ”

Jones put the word out and soon he had girls from Viera, Holy Trinity, Rockledge, Melbourne, MCC and Edgewood all on board with Rob Thomas serving as the team’s head coach.

“They all get along and they play with top-level competition,” Jones said.