21 Mar 2011

CHS Lacrosse Tops Battle By The Beach Tournament Standings

This weekend the three CHS lacrosse teams competed in the fourth annual íÍBattle by the Beach Lacrosse Classicíñ in Gulfport, MS.  The tournament consisted of over 40 teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, and Florida.  The field was the largest and most competitive in the eventí´s history.  At the end of the tournament CHS Lacrosse had amassed a record of 10-1-2 and three top 3 finishes, the best overall performance by any team in the tournament.

The Junior Varsity team went undefeated through the tournament with a record of 4-0-1.  The JV started the tournament with a 7-1 win over Lower Alabama.  They next knocked off Gulf Breeze, FL 4-0 before moving on to take out the Mandeville Skippers by a score of 6-2.  The final game of bracket play matched the Bears with the LHSLL top ranked Blue Jays of Jesuit whom they played to a 4-4 tie at the end of regulation.  With no overtime allowed in the tournament and both teams at 3-0-1 it came down to a tie-breaker.  With only 7 goals allowed for the entire tournament, the Bears won the tie-breaker and the right to face the 4-0 Dutchtown Griffins for the tournament championship.  The championship game late, Sunday afternoon, marked the first íÍall Baton Rougeíñ playoff in LHSLL history.  With the 3-2 win over a tough Dutchtown team the JV team claimed their first ever Battle by the Beach Tournament Champions title.   Tournament scoring was spread around the offense with 7 different players finding the goal.  Freshman Midfielder Andrew Perrodin and Sophomore Attackman Ryan McGinty both scored 6 goals followed by Sophomore Midfielder John Kellner with 5.  Junior Midfielder Baylor Schexnayder added 3 goals to his impressive 78% face-off percentage (25 of 32 face-off attempts).  Sophomore Midfielder Bennett Sherman added 2 goals along with Sophomore midfielders Micah Theriot and Jonathan Miller with one goal each.  Sophomore Goalie Joseph Angelloz was awarded the championship game ball in recognition of his phenomenal  performance throughout the tournament.  Angelloz allowed only 8 goals the entire tournament, the best goalie performance of the JV division.

The freshmen team entered the tournament as the top ranked team in the LHSLL and performed as anticipated.  With a 5-2 win over powerhouse Jesuit of New Orleans and a 5-4 win over a determined and physical St Thomas Moore of Lafayette the Freshmen entered the late night game against the Wolves of St. Paulí´s.  After what could only be described as a slugfest the Bears emerged with a one goal margin outscoring the wolves 5-4.  Sunday found the bears tied with Brother Martin going into the championship game.  The Bears unexpectedly found themselves facing a freshman team augmented by 9 varsity players.  The Freshmen fell to the Crusaders JV team by a score of 4-2 to take second place in the Freshman division.  With season long scoring leader Andrew Perrodin promoted to the JV squad for the tournament, freshman head coach Jeff Perrone said íÍI couldní´t be happier with the way we played, we had 18 goals in the tournament and we scored that with 9 different players, thatí´s stepping up!íñ  Tournament scoring production was lead by Grant Langley í 5 goals, followed by Taylor Boyle í 4 goals (including the hat trick against St. Paulí´s), Chris Ferachi and Garrett Harvey with 2 goals each, and one goal each by Chris Facundus , Randal Pizzolato, Chandler Pastorek, Curtis Westmoland, and Adrian Toranto.  Coach Charlie Demas stated íîWe scored from every single offensive position, inside and out, this offense and these players have really matured beyond their years.íñ

The Varsity squad opened their tournament with the early morning game shrouded in fog.  The Bears played to a 4-4 tie with the Skippers of Mandeville in a game where both teams struggled to find their rhythm.  The Varsity then moved on to take on the Grissom Tigers of Huntsville, AL.  The Bears lead wire to wire and defeated the Tigers 5-4.  The Bears then advanced to play 2-0 district opponent Archbishop Rummel High School of New Orleans who were playing the best lacrosse of their entire season.  By this time in the tournament the Bears had found their rhythm and all in attendance were impressed with cohesive manner in which the Bears approached the game.  With smooth transitions, working the ball around to find the openings in the defense, and unselfish feeds to the open man, the Bears easily defeated the Raiders 8-0 allowing Junior Goalie Kyle Robichaux to record his first career shut-out claiming the holy grail of goalies,  a 100% save percentage.  The fourth game pitted the Bears against district rivals Brother Martin of New Orleans.  The Crusaders entered the game expecting to mow through the Bears and enter the championship game but the Bearsí´ defense had other plans.  With a solid defensive effort, unselfish offensive production, and more outstanding goalie play, the Bears took it to the Crusaders and won 7-5.  Their 3-0-1 tournament record fell short of advancing the Bears to the championship game.  The early morning tie prevented them from advancing to the title game.

The CHS Jeff Perrone stated that íÍwhile the goalie play of all four goalies, (freshman William Moore, Sophomore Michael Ruiz, Sophomore Joseph Angelloz, and Junior Kyle Robichaux), didní´t single handedly win the tournament, they kept us right there so that the offense could bring it home.íñ   Junior goalie Kyle Robichaux said the defense made it easy as íÍthey kept the shots on goal to a minimum, I think that was the fewest shots on goal Ií´ve ever had to defend.íñ  The defensemen in turn were quick to credit the offenseí´s ball control.  Varsity head coach Jeff Echols, summed it up best by looking beyond the tournament and said íÍwe really came together and gelled, I wouldní´t want to play us next!íñ