Lacrosse Moves on to State Semi-Finals
On Monday evening the Tiger Lacrosse team lined up on the field, ready to begin their Quarterfinal game against Ballard. The Tigers did not hesitate much, as Coleman Webb raced up the field to create a fast-break goal for Leland Gray only eight seconds into the game. By the end of the first quarter, St. X already led Ballard 6-0. Collin Roppel netted three goals in the opening quarter and finished with 4 goals, 2 assists.
The Tigers displayed a very sound defensive set, not allowing Ballard to control the ball for very long at any point. Special opportunities were created by the defense, such as goalie Max Cartor stepping out of the circle to intercept a Ballard pass, creating a turnover. The Tiger offense displayed acrobatic skills as they tore through the remains of the Ballard defense. Everyboy was getting it done on the attack for St. Xavier, but key contributions came from Nick King (2 goals), Coleman Webb (3 goals), and Raike Thornewill (1 goal, 2 assists) in the offensive zone. At halftime, the Tigers held a strong 11-1 lead.
The domination did not stop then. St. Xavier began the second half just as they had begun the game; they ran the opening face off down and scored within the first seven seconds of the second half. Max Cartor made another great play as he ran the ball down the entire field until he dished it off to Leland Gray (3 goals, 3 assists) for the goal. After three quarters, the score had grown to 15-1, giving the Tigers a nice cushion heading into the last quarter of the game. In the fourth quarter, the starting players were taken out to an applause by the crowd. Michael Lyons came in off of the bench to score two quick goals. The Tigers finally capped off the evening with an impressive 18-1 victory over Ballard, allowing them to move on to the Semifinals.
The KY Lacrosse State Final Four will be played on Wednesday at Br. Thomas Moore Stadium against Christian Academy in the night cap of the Semifinal double header at 8:00 PM. Come cheer the Tigers on in the last game they need to win before reaching the state finals!
Max Cartor and Leland Gray spoke with Jacob Hayslip after last night’s game about the team’s performance, see the interview here.