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Preview: St. X vs. Trinity

St. X Head Coach Scott Howe knows a thing or two about beating Trinity. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

St. X Head Coach Scott Howe knows a thing or two about beating Trinity. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tonight, the Tiger lacrosse team will take on archrival Trinity High School in a highly-touted match up between two of the best teams in the state. Trinity will enter the game 5-3, with their losses coming from three tough out-of-state opponents. The Shamrocks have performed far beyond preseason expectations, and looks to be a great matchup against our own Tigers.

“They are really strong in every area, and their improvement through the year has really shown,” remarked senior St. X goalie Max Cartor. “But we feel confident playing at this field and will be ready to rock and roll come game time.”

To this point in the season, the Tigers and Rocks have played two of the same teams. Both took on Lexington Catholic, where Trinity defeated them 13-3 and St. X won 13-1. Also, both teams hosted Libertyville High School from Illinois. The Rocks narrowly defeated them 11-7, while St. X handled them easily with the final score of 14-7.

The two similar matchups don’t really tell us much about what we could expect Wednesday night, though. All we know is that it will be a good matchup in all areas of the field.

Who should we look out for? Well, senior LSM Jeremiah Hemme has been a strong force on the defensive side of the field, also extending his game to the offense on fast breaks and transitions. Senior Max Stratton has put up buckets of goals as a midfielder for the Rocks. The two pose a threat to our Tigers, but shouldn’t be anything they can’t handle. St. X will also be content to face Trinity without Jackson Lienhart, a senior attackman signed with Bellarmine University who wreaked havoc on St. X as a junior last season. He has since transferred to Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, and therefore will be far away from Marshall Stadium tonight.

Of course for the Tigers, Cartor, attackman Collin Roppel, and junior defenseman Caleb Grimes have been studs on the field this year. Roppel’s offensive command has led the Tigers through multiple big games, while Grimes and Cartor have left offenses frustrated with their lockdown defense.

In the past three years, the Tigers have led the head-to-head matchup, claiming 4 of the 6 meetings between the rivaling teams, with two of the wins coming from State Championship games.

The game is Wednesday night at 7:00 hosted by Trinity. It’s a black out, so let’s get out there, get rowdy, and beat the Weeds!

Tiger Lacrosse goes 3-1 in Grueling Week

Max Cartor was a huge part of St. X's 3-1 week. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Max Cartor was a huge part of St. X’s 3-1 week. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Saint Xavier Lacrosse has taken no time off this season, as the Tigers experienced substantial success against out-of-state teams and dominated another in-state foe. Let’s take a look at their week in review.

Last Saturday, the Tigers drove the two hour trip up to Zionsville, Indiana where they played a great game against Zionsville High School. St. X roared offensively throughout the game, putting up 14 goals. The attack led the way, with Collin Roppel scoring 4 goals and dishing out 6 assists, Leland Gray netting 4 goals and Will Edwards putting in 4. In the end, St. X defeated the strong Indiana team 14-7, boosting its record to 3-0 on the season.

The next day, the Tigers rose early to take on highly-touted Carmel High School from Indianapolis. Carmel proved to be a bigger force than Zionsville and kept St. X in a close battle from start to finish. The bulk of the offense came from the middies in this game, seeing many familiar names like Blake Roshkowski, Alex Cherry, and Corbyn Buchart put in work. Regulation ended in a 9-9 tie. In sudden-death overtime, Carmel scored first on a controversial call, as the Greyhound who scored the goal was probably in the crease, which would have negated the goal. The Tigers fell by a final score of 9-10, giving them their first loss of the season.

The Indiana trip was a good one for the team. Although they split the games, the overtime push against Carmel proved that defeating this squad will be very tough.

The following Wednesday, St. X hosted Henry Clay High School. Henry Clay did not give the Tigers much of a game, and St. X handled the Blue Devils easily from the start. The final score stood at 14-2, and the Tigers were able to rotate all of their players through the game.

Will Edwards reigned supreme over multiple goalies this past week. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Will Edwards reigned supreme over multiple goalies this past week. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

This past Saturday, St. X welcomed Libertyville High School from Chicago following prom night for the seniors. Libertyville was able to hold the ball for some parts of the game, yet St. X still dominated most of the match. Edwards again showed out, finishing with four goals. The individual defensive effort by goalie Max Cartor was great as well, as he put up one of his best performances of the season so far. In the end, the Tigers won 14-7 over the visiting Wildcats.

This coming Wednesday is the big rivalry game. St. X travels to Trinity in what will be one of the toughest matchups of the season. Recently, Trinity has looked good, beating Libertyville 11-7 the day after the Tigers played them. St. X will hope to keep the young offense and big, experienced Trinity defense in check to continue on the road to another State Championship.

Tiger Lacrosse Rolls Over Manual

Caleb Grimes helped St. X allow only a single goal on defense. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Caleb Grimes helped St. X allow only a single goal on defense. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The Tiger Lacrosse team defeated Manual 24-1 Wednesday night. And no, that’s not a misprint. In fact, it’s almost what we expected after last year’s national record-setting 33-2 victory over the Crimsons. The Tigers came, they conquered, and took care of business on their way to another win, making them 2-0 on the season.

After the first game, it was obvious the St. X team had a surplus of talent, and in their scrimmage against Upper Arlington last weekend, huge progress was shown. The Tigers dominated Manual, allowing the ball to get on their defensive end of the field only two times in the entire first half. Attackman Collin Roppel continued his magic around the net, getting a hat trick less than five minutes into the game, and the goals kept coming. Leland Gray added 3 more and the middies relentlessly shot on the Manual goalie. The offense flowed fruitfully in the first half stemming from dominant wins at the face off circle. By the time the first half came to a close, St. X led 18-0 over the Rams.

“The first half of play had some of the best ball movement I’ve seen in a while,” remarked senior attackman Will Edwards, who scored 2 goals of his own as well as dishing out 4 assists.

The defense didn’t get many touches in this game, yet they were ready whenever they were needed. Once again the powerful forces of Davis Kannapell, Owen Peters, Caleb Grimes, and Max Cartor held down the fort, squandering any glimpses of a Crimson offensive opportunity.

“The game was definitely a little slow on our defensive end,” Cartor explained. “But it was still fun, and we responded when we needed to.”

St. X eventually allowed a goal late in the third quarter to the Rams, but they responded with more goals. Sophomore Joey Mackin made great use of his playing time, netting a couple goals and junior J.C. Storner racked up two assists in the late moments of the game.

The final score was 24-1, with St. X winning their second regular season game.

Next up for the Tigers is another road trip this weekend, where they face Zionsville in Indiana. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tiger Lax has a strong showing against Nationally Ranked Opponent

Max Cartor showed why he is the linchpin  of the St. X defense on Saturday. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Max Cartor showed why he is the linchpin of the St. X defense on Saturday. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

After its last game against Lexington Catholic, it was obvious the Tiger Lacrosse team had serious potential for their upcoming season. Saturday the team traveled four hours north to face Upper Arlington High School, the #2 ranked team in the Midwest and last years Ohio State champions. For the few fans who made the trip, St. X put on a memorable show.

Defense, defense, and more defense. That alone could sufficiently describe the Tiger’s outing Saturday morning. Nothing passed through St. X’s zone easily for Upper Arlington, a team that is used to putting up big scores. The duo of Max Cartor and Caleb Grimes, who have been starting together for three years now, showed its competence when faced with huge opponents. The squad had one of its best defensive efforts they could remember, holding Arlington to just five goals.

You can’t win a game without goals, though, and the offense picked up right where the defense left off. Leland Gray finished one goal and Collin Roppel continued his great start to the season posting his second consecutive hat trick. The midfield showed their ability to run on both ends of the field, and the Tigers put up a solid offensive showing overall. Their performance set in stone that they can play with any team in the nation.

Next up for St. X is an away game at Manual on Wednesday, March 18th starting at 7:00.

Tiger Lacrosse Starts Season with a W

 

Collin Roppel had a nice second half performance Wednesday night against Lexington Catholic. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Collin Roppel had a nice second half performance Wednesday night against Lexington Catholic. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Saint Xavier Lacrosse finally had its first game of the season on Wednesday night. Well, that is, the first game they’ve been able to play. With the coming of an arctic blast of weather last week, the first two scheduled games were cancelled, and the team was left with yet again a long stream of practice cancellations. With the impact of the weather, it was interesting to see the team’s fluidity in their first game again Lexington Catholic, and the effects were definitely felt.

In the first half, the offense was a mix of good and bad plays along with multiple missed opportunities. It took two rising middies, junior Corbin Buchart and sophmore Blake Roshkowski, to boost the Tigers to a 6-1 lead after the first half of play.

“We definitely had a slow first half” said senior Attackman Collin Roppel, who scored all three of his goals in the second half. “But things definitely starting picking up in the second.”

The Tigers slowly took firm control of the game in the second half. Junior defenseman Caleb Grimes attributed the second half success to the efforts of the defensive unit, noting multiple big saves by senior goalie Max Cartor. The improvement from first half to second half was drastic, and the Tigers eventually finished the Knights 13-1.

The first game definitely was rough in some parts. Put well by Cartor: “This was the best worst game I’ve ever seen.” The game was not smooth, but the team as a whole showed their ability to come together in unison, and the projections looked outstanding. The weapons at every position are deeper than ever before, and morale is high for the team coming off of their first win of the season.”