Two back-to-back home games this week give Coral Shores High School's boys lacrosse Hurricanes a shot at their first win of the new season.
The Canes (0-2) take the home field at George M. Barley Jr. Stadium in Tavernier to face Palmer Trinity at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by a 6 p.m. Friday home game against LaSalle.
Coral Shores made a game of it Feb. 21 against visiting Belen Jesuit but fell, 13-7.
"It was a tight game but we had some breakdowns on fundamentals," head coach Barney Rich said. "We'll put in a lot of work and see if we can catch up this week."
Hurricane junior Brian Cash led the Coral Shores offense by scoring four goals against Belen and made an assist. Eddie Dunn delivered a pair of assists and threw in a goal. Cameron Lankford scored once and had an assist.
Jack Hatfield, a senior veteran, scored in the loss to Belen but suffered a shoulder injury that will sideline him indefinitely. Goalkeeper Ben Colmes was a standout with 17 saves against Belen's polished Wolverines, who did a better job connecting on passes and collecting ground balls.
Coral Shores opened the season Feb. 18 with a 24-4 loss to Columbus High, the Miami squad that ended the Canes' season in last year's state regional playoffs.
"We got to open the season against some good, strong opponents," Rich said. "That will help us develop our skills, like being in position to help each other out."
Coral Shores relies on other veterans like Danny Whisted, Bryce Lankford and Spencer Calvert while replacing several key starters from last season's District 32 championship club.
"Some of the young guys are starting to make plays for us, too," said Rich.