03 Apr 2011

Lacrosse JV and Freshman Teams Defeat Jesuit

Sunday the JV and Freshman Lacrosse teams continued their domination of the LHSLL with two wins over perennial powerhouse Jesuit High School of New Orleans. 

The JV took the field first in a hot mid-day game and repeated an earlier season performance vs Jesuit and defeated the Blue Jays 7-5.  As has been the case for most of the season the contest once again featured a strong performance by the Bearsí´ defense.  The Bears only returned one defensive long pole from last season in Sophomore Brennan Barrilleaux with the only other returning long pole, Junior  Matt Amond making the transition to long stick midfielder.  The defense was augmented this season by sophomore Conrad Adkins, Juniors Mattson Hood, Nick Fasano, and Patrick Colclough. The long pole defense was supported by a host of midfielders with standout play by Junior Baylor Shexnayder (4 ground balls 3 takeaways) sophomore John Kellner (6 ground balls 1 takeaway), and freshman Andrew Perrodin (7 ground balls and 2 takeaways).  The defense allowed only 6 shots on goal for the day dampening a potent Blue Jay offense.
On offense the Bears spread the scoring around making themselves hard to defend.  Jesuit head coach Mike Brantley commented after the game that íÍthereí´s just too many shooters to key in on any one guy,  you shut one down, they dump off to the next and he makes you pay for the double teamíñ.  The Bears saw production from 7 players; Junior Baylor Shexnayder and Sophomore John Kellner with 2 goals each and Sophomores Matthew Baggett and Ryan McGinty with one assist each. The Bears also got production from their newest players, three freshman players Chris Ferachi, Grant Langley, and Andrew Perrodin all added one goal each to edge out the Blue Jays.  With the win, the Bears take over first place in the JV division of the LHSLL over the defending state champion Cougars of St. Thomas Moore.

When the JV had finished it was the Freshman teamí´s turn to take on Jesuit.  Like the JV the Freshmen repeated earlier performance and defeated the Blue Jays 7-2.  In a recurrent theme the Bears spread their 7 points over 6 different players making it very difficult to defend.  #28 Attackman Chris Facundus lead all scorers with 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists.  #36 Curtis Westmoland had a standout game and a career best performance with 3 points on 1 goal and 2 assists.  #45 Grant Langley, #57 Andrew Perrodin, and #59 Chris Ferrachi each added one goal.  In a season best performance #46 long stick midfielder Cody Abshire made a statement on both sides of the ball.  Abshire racked  up 7 defensive plays with 4 ground balls and 3 takeaways and, while capitalizing on a rare break in the Blue Jays transition game mid-way through the 2nd quarter , added a goal to his defensive effort. 

Goalies Michael Ruiz and William Moore, the unsung heroes of the freshman season, once again proved their worth giving up only 1 goal each.  A now solid, and game hardened, long pole defensive unit only allowed 6 shots on goal.  Jesuit coach Mike Brantley remarked that íÍwhile the offensive production is solid, that defense gets the credit in my book.  You caní´t get held to only 2 goals and hope to win a game, not in this leagueíñ

The varsity lacrosse team dropped their game to the Blue Jays and now wait to hear when and where they will enter the playoffs signaling the beginning of post-season play.