What it means today to be a Warrior? That is, a Jupiter Warrior. As we enter another Championship Weekend and Final Four, we can reflect on what it means. It is a “Belief”, that at the start of every season they can compete to win a State Championship. It also comes with a draw back that every season that is not decorated by the “Bling of the Ring”, is a losing season.
The Seniors of the 2021 Team have never entered a season without the “Belief”, that they could bring home the Gold. As Freshman, they participated and played a part of the Programs first State Title in 2018. Their Sophomore year they made it to the Final Four and narrowly lost in the Semi Finals to the eventual State Champion Ponte Verde. Their Junior year was cut short due to the Pandemic, but they displayed the play and confidence to achieve another Championship Weekend.
This “Belief” is founded in the Brotherhood of being a Jupiter Warrior. A legacy of commitment passed from Program year to Program year. If we could trace this belief to its origin, it would be the Class of 2012 to today. 2012 was the first time JUP made it to a Championship Weekend, losing in the Semi’s to Saint Andrews. The Class of 2015 as Freshman in 2012, created the drive to get back to that weekend. That drive lead them to, in their Senior year being the number one ranked Team in the State most of the season. Only to fall short in the Regional Championship game against Saint Andrews. The 2018 Class witnessed this as Freshman in 2015 and fueled their drive to achieve victory and the elusive Title. Look in the “Stands” on any big game night or college spring break weekend, and you will see this Brotherhood. Alumni, Alumni parents supporting the Warrior tradition, a “Belief” in this program and how special this life experience and Brotherhood is to our community.
The Class of 2021 has again battled to get the program back to the Final Four. They “Believe”. They learned this “Belief”, from their Warrior Brothers that Led the Way before and will battle for their Legacy this weekend. So let’s go Warrior Alumni, come and support your Legacy this weekend if you’re available. For the Warrior Class of 2024, lessons learned early, will assist in victories in the future.
Today we feature Coach Tim Crotty, originally from Syracuse, NY. Coach Crotty has been with the Jupiter Lacrosse program since it began. After he helped start Dwyer lacrosse in 2003, he assisted starting lacrosse programs at Jupiter and Southfork High School. In addition to high school lacrosse, Coach Crotty also coached with the youth lacrosse programs through JTAA and sat on the board for a few years. He rejoined the Jupiter Warrior coaching staff around 2009 to help with the Junior Varsity and has been with us since.
Tim Crotty attended Christian Brothers Academy and then Ithaca College, where he played football and lacrosse. He helped lead the Jupiter Warriors to their 2018 State Title along with 3 final four appearances.
Coach Crotty lives in Jupiter with his wife, Kyle. They have two boys. Brenden (33) played lacrosse for JTAA, Dwyer HS, and club lacrosse in college. He has since joined the Air Force Reserves. Zach (23) played lacrosse for JTAA, Jupiter HS, and Jacksonville University and continued on as an assistant grad coach at JU. Although Coach Crotty doesn’t have a lot of free time, he does keep busy renovating homes with his wife, Kyle.
Matt Sofarelli is originally from Long Island, NY. This is his first year with the JHS Warrior Lacrosse team.
Coach Matt attended Syracuse University where he played lacrosse as a defensive middie. Matt started the lacrosse program at Jensen Beach High School and served as their head coach (2009-2014). He was also the Defensive Coordinator for Florida Launch (2014-2015). Matt most recently served as the Athletic Director at the Pine School (2015-2020). In 2014 he was recognized as Treasure Coast Palm Beach Coach of the Year.
Matt has 3 children: Matthew, Chase, and Gracie. He is currently a teacher at Jupiter Middle School. Outside of lacrosse, coach Matt likes to golf and spend time with his family.
Congratulations 2021 Warriors, on making your commitment to play at the next level! The good news is we still have these talented Warriors for one more season. The Warrior Family is extremely proud of all your hard work on the field and in the class-room, to further your love of the game and future academics at the college level. We look forward to cheering on your efforts with your future endeavors, after we celebrate your upcoming Warrior season.
Max Sanderson: Lafayette College NCAA DIV 1, Go Leopards!
Reef Kabalin: Wesleyan University NCAA DIV III, Go Cardinals!
Tyler Douglass: Flagler College NCAA DIV II, Go Saints!
Jack Ferris: Florida Tech NCAA DIV II, Go Panthers!