MILTON — The Milton High School lacrosse program begins its first year a fully Florida High School Athletic Association sanctioned team.

Sponsor Rhonda Waters said the program started as a club team by a former Milton High Student, Seth Barlow, to honor a friend of his who had passed away who loved the sport. Waters said that once the club garnered enough interest it became an official team. 

While making it is a different story, the program's FHSAA status means it is eligible to compete in the playoffs, according to Milton athletic directory Murray Rutledge. The school's website https://mhspanthers1.weebly.com also laysout a full varsity and junior varsity schedule for both the boys and girls teams.

Coaching the boys team is retired military veteran David Hanley who was an assistant lacrosse coach at Limestone College. Hanley says the program is new at the school so their expectations are different from more established teams.

"Our main goal this season is to continue the growth and love of lacrosse in Milton," Hanley said, "and provide a place of learning, camaraderie and community."

Milton High will have its first game Feb 19. The boys will play Pensacola High at 6 p.m. at PHS and the girls will play West Florida High School at home at 6 p.m.

2019 Milton High Girls Lacrosse Team roster

Coach: Mary Pryor 

Assistanc coaches: Fran Tilotson, Jimbo Turk

Manager: Lexi Pack

Lily Archangel Emily Tillotson Mercedes Rose Laura Farnell Ali Bennett Meagan Dixon Hannah Holt Jaysa Martinez Michaela Hudson Alyssa Kelly Libby Hayes Peyton Leek Paris Baughman Jessica Stout Emma Dawson Kelly Humphrey's Malia Nord Geraldine Varela Ashley Hubley Bailey Jones Kelli Grimsley Sandra Dinunzio Michelle Angelo Kailyn Brown Riley Kirby 2019 Milton High Boys Lacrosse Team

Coach: David Hanley

Assistant coaches: Chris Archangel, Seth Stone, and Dawsen Castleberry

Manager: Nathanael Martinez

Aiden Lucas Alec Cavazos Alex Hero Alex Rufffini Andrew Daigle Anthony Leporin Austin Hero Brenden Carter Bruce Carter Chase Daniels Cody Robards Connor Schlenker Dalton Scott Dustin Duval Gage Brown Garrett Wales Hudson Farkas Jacob James Jack Whiteman Jordon Skinner Josh Legaspi Keith Marshall Layton Davis Logan Hergott Mathew Hudson Matthew Morrison Nate Waters Nolen Hawkins Patrick Shinn Peter Simmons Reagan Kennington Ryan Baker Ryan Bowen Tyler Daigle Wyatt Kelly Wyatt Moore Zane Joseph Zaphanae Vargas Zyan Briggs