Gameday Preview: Lacrosse State Championship vs. Trinity
St. Xavier (16-3) vs. Trinity (18-3)
Friday, May 19, 2017
Christian Academy of Louisville
Most Recent Matchup
Saint X and Trinity last faced off at Trinity’s Marshall Stadium on March 29. Saint X jumped out to an early lead, but Trinity battled back. The Rocks ultimately tied the game 5-5 midway through the second half. Sophomore Pat Anderson broke the tie for the Tigers two minutes into the 4th quarter. The game was clinched with Nic Malubay’s goal two minutes later. The Tigers’ stifling defense sealed the 7-5 St. X victory over the Rocks.
What Have They Been Doing Since?
It has been almost two months since the Tigers and Rocks squared off in the regular season. Both teams have gotten into the thick of their seasons and fought through postseason play. Let’s see what the two squads have been up to.
The Tigers moved to 8-0 following their big win over the Shamrocks. Following the rivalry game, St. X moved into the toughest stretch of its season. During that stretch, Coach Howe’s squad has gone 8-3, accumulating an overall record of 16-3.
St. Xavier’s offense has stayed hot as the season developed, scoring at least 10 goals in every single game siNce Trinity. This impressive scoring stretch was highlighted by a 32-2 victory against Male, a 24-3 win over KCD, and an 18-2 thrashing of Henry Clay
Along with the numerous victories, the Tigers have also endured a few tough losses. On their annual Spring Break trip, Saint X was defeated 15-12 by St. Anne’s-Belfield school from Charlottesville, Virginia. Coach Howe’s squad also faced a tough 11-5 loss on the trip against Virginia’s Norfolk Academy. The Tiger’s most recent loss was a 13-12 heartbreaker in overtime against Cincinnati St. Xavier on April 26.
However, the Tigers have bounced back incredibly well from those minor setbacks. Saint X has gone on a tear this postseason, pummeling Collegiate, KCD, and South Oldham by a combined score of 61-14. Tiger Lacrosse will look to keep this momentum rolling by claiming a 4th consecutive state title Friday night.
Following their loss to Saint Xavier, the Shamrocks fell to a mediocre 7-3 record, but have since improved. Since then, Trinity has recorded 11 straight victories over in-state opponents, amassing an 18-3 record heading into the state finals. The Tigers will look to bring this momentum to a screeching halt at CAL.
The Shamrock offense has been playing increasingly well as the season continued. Just like the Tigers, Trinity has tallied double-digit goals in every game since the rivalry matchup, including 19 goals in each of the last 4 games. The Tiger defense led by senior goalie Hudson Hill will look to stop this hot streak in its tracks.
The Trinity offense has been led by senior Lucas Porter, a Transy commit, and junior Jonathan Endicott, a Furman commit. Junior attackmen Scott Graehler and Bryce Lowe also contribute for the Shamrocks. They struggled immensely in the last matchup, but will attempt to improve against the stifling Tiger defense.
The Shamrocks semifinal game was against the CAL on Wednesday. They defeated the Centurions 19-8, but face an exponentially tougher challenge against the Tigers in the State Finals.
The bitter rivalry between the Rocks and the Tigers will be fueled to even greater heights Friday night, as they will matchup in a very intense State Championship. MaxPreps ranks the Tigers and Shamrocks as #1 and #2 in the state, respectively. Both teams are also ranked nationally; Trinity sits at #86 while St. X is at #51. This game truly is a heavyweight battle in the state of Kentucky.
Look for the Tiger offense, led by sophomore Patrick Anderson and senior Nic Malubay to have a big night against the Shamrocks defense. On the other side of the field, goalie Hudson Hill and defenders Max Malkani and Ben Mueller will look to hinder Trinity’s offensive efforts.
Get out to CAL tonight to support your Tiger Lacrosse seniors, as they are playing in their final high school game. The seniors are also seeking a fourth state title in a row, an almost unprecedented feat in any sport. The theme for tonight’s game is Jersey Night. Make the trip to CAL at 7:00 PM, be loud, be proud, and root on your Tigers to victory.