Varsity & JV Lacrosse Teams Defeat Mandeville & Freshmen Claim Number 1 in District
The varsity Lacrosse team defeated the Skippers of Mandeville Saturday in Madisonville by a score of 11-6. Senior Attackmen Jake Guba, Michael Beal and Sean Averette tied for top scorer in the game with 4 points each. Guba on 4 goals, Beal with 3 goals and an assist, and Averette with 2 goals and 2 assists. Senior Midfielder Tyler Hood added 2 more goals to round out scorers. The Attackman were aided in the victory by strong defensive play by Long Stick Midfielder John Portwood and Midfielder George Troxell.
Later on Saturday the Junior Varsity shut out the Skippers 11-0 in a fast paced game. Freshman Attackman Grant Langley came off the bench early and posted 5 goals for the Bears to set the tone for the offense. The Bears offense pounded the Mandeville defense with 30 shots by spreading the shooting around and taking advantage of some faults in the Skippers defensive front. Attackman Ryan McGinty posted 2 goals as did Midfielder Baylor Shexnayder. Caleb Boesch and Bennett Sherman added 1 goal each to round out the Bears scoring. Recent Freshman transfer Attackman Dillon Hefflin added 2 assists in his first district outing on the JV squad. The Bearsí´ defense held the Skippers to only 8 shots on goal which was an incredible feat considering the run and gun style of play of the Skippers. This defensive front help Goalie Joseph Angelloz record a perfect save record with 0 goals on 8 shots on goal.
On Sunday the Freshman put a lock on the #1 position in the east district with a convincing win over the Blue Jays of Jesuit. The freshmen defeated the Blue Jays by a score of 9-4. Coach Jeff Perrone stated that one key to the victory was ball control; íÍwe won the ground ball battle and we were able to control the face off Xíñ. Face-offs were a key with Midfielder Adrian Taranto and Long Stick Midfielder Cody Abshire winning 10 of 13 face-offs with win percentages of 78% and 75% respectively. Another key factor was the growing depth of the Bearsí´ bench. The Bears had contribution from all 18 midfielders a feat nearly unheard of at the Freshman level. Ball control allowed the Bears to make nearly unlimited defensive substitutions keeping the defense strong throughout the game and allowing them to give up only 9 shots on goal, most of which were easily handled by goalies Michael Ruiz and William Moore.
All in all it was a great weekend for Catholic High Lacrosse. Next weekend the Varsity and JV face the Griffins of Dutchtown and the Freshmen face the Cougars of St. Thomas Moore.