Lacrosse Teams Venture to Houston and Come Away with Mixed Results
The Catholic High Lacrosse Program boarded buses and headed to Houston on Friday, to compete against some of the Houston heavy weights. At the end of the weekend, the results were mixed, but as Coach Tyler Gray said, íÍImprovement was seen and that is what we strive for in coaching.íñ
On Friday night, the JV squad started the weekend off, taking to the field against Clear Lake. The Bears came away with second straight shut-out, winning the game 10-0. The Bears had 9 players score goals, with Holden David having two goals on the night. Beau Abadie secured another shut-out behind a defense that didní´t allow a single shot on goal. After the JV game finished, the Varsity squad to the field against Clear Lake, last yearí´s State Runner-up and a senior ladened team this year. Behind a quick and smothering defense and an explosive offense, Clear Lake took it to the Bears, coming away with a 15-0 win.
On Saturday, the teams went to Friendswood, who is a perennial playoff team and Houston power. In the first game of the day, the JVB squad battled, but couldní´t keep up with the Mustang JV squad. The Bears came away with a 10-1 loss, with Grant Alonzo scoring the Bears only goal. Defensively, the Bears were led by Michael Browning with 2 ground balls and 2 take aways and by goalie Ryan Smith, who had 12 saves on the day. Next up, the JV squad took to the field against the Mustang D2 varsity team. This was an awesome game with lots of lead changes, but in the end the Bears came up short, losing 7-5 after some late game mental break downs resulted in 2 scores. Goalie Beau Abadie left it all on the field in the game, coming away with 13 saves with 72% save ratio, which is unheard of in lacrosse. Offensively, the Bears were led by Holden David with 2 goals. Defensively, Matthew Lofaso led the team with 3 ground balls and 3 take aways, as well as 2 blocked shots. The final game of the day had the Bear Varsity going against the Friendswood D1 Varsity. While the team played better than Friday night, they just couldní´t keep up with the Mustangs, dropping the game 14-2. The first varsity goals of the trip came from Andrew Young and Jon Adam Town. Landon Tujague led the defense, with 3 ground balls and a take away.
On Sunday, after going to Mass at St. Anneí´s in Houston, the teams split up with the JVB going down to Pearland to compete against the Pearland Railcats JV team. The Bears gave up an early goal, but then came back to take the lead and never lost it, winning the game 11-10. The Bears were led on offense by Ashton Richard with 4 goals and an assist, Holden David with 3 goals and 3 assist, Michael Browning with 2 goals and an assist and Shade Verret with a goal. The Bears were able to score on 4 separate extra man situations, taking advantage of the Railcats mistakes. Defensively, the Bears were led by goalie Ryan Smith with 16 saves and Michael Browning with 4 ground balls and 2 take aways.
While the JVB was in Pearland, the JV and Varsity traveled to St. Thomas to take on the Eagles. The JV game was first, with the Bears taking a quick lead and never lost it, coming away with a 14-2 victory. The Bears were led on offense by Christopher Miller with 5 goals and 2 assist and Ray Nebel with 3 goals. Defensively, the Bears were led by Tanner Chauncy with with 5 ground balls and 2 take aways. After the JV game, the varsity teams took to the field. In what was suppose to be a good game, it showed early that the Bears were tired and didní´t have the legs to keep up, coming away from the game with a 15-4 loss. Four Bears scored on the day, with goals from Andrew Young, Justin David, Jon Adam Town and Reeves Walker. Defensively the Bears were led by goalie Zach Minton with 12 saves, as well as Matthew Miller and Landon Tujague with 3 ground balls each.
With a lot of lacrosse to play, the varsity will continue to work and improve getting ready for District play in March, while the JV and JVB look to have strong winning seasons and tournament championships. The varsity moves to 1-4 on the year, with the JV moving to 3-1 and the JVB going to 2-1 on the season.
The Bears return to action this week with JVB and JV traveling to Covington on Wednesday to play St. Paulí´s and the varsity will head over on Thursday to take on St. Paulí´s. Afterward, the Bears will be off for Mardi Gras.