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One Last Ride for Tiger Lacrosse

For one last time, Tommy Kushner (left)and Davis Kannapell will do their thing. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

For one last time, Tommy Kushner (left) and Davis Kannapell will do their thing. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Wednesday night the Tiger Lacrosse Team took on rival Trinity in the State Semifinals in the hopes of continuing its successful season. The Tigers showed pure dominance on the field and ultimately ousted the Rocks by a final score of 10-2.  St. X now heads on to the State Championship, a place the Tigers are very fond of and accustomed to. The opponent will be the Bearcats of Kentucky Country Day, a team the Tigers haven’t faced in years. Here’s what we learned from the semifinal game and what we should expect to see in the title game tonight.

Goals will come in heavy spurts. The Tiger offense has really been clicking the past few games, though it’s not the constant onslaught of goals one would expect. The offense likes to go on runs, catching the opponent while they aren’t paying attention. As seen in the semifinal matchup, the Tigers only led Trinity by three (4-1) at half, and soon the lead was diminished to two goals in the third quarter. The St. X offense responded with a 6-0 run to give themselves a commanding lead. This spurt of goals came just in time and ultimately led them to victory.

The Tigers’ injuries have been covered up perfectly. During the season, St. X has experienced multiple injuries, ranging from senior attackman Jack Muldoon’s torn ACL in the first game of the season to senior defenseman Owen Peters’ hurt foot. Fortunately, the team hasn’t missed a beat. In Wednesday night’s game against Trinity, we saw the exiting emergence of sophomore defender Paul Porter, who has been filling in for Peters since his injury. Not only did Porter do his job, he excelled beyond expectations. In my opinion, Porter put up the strongest defensive performance of the night, which is a tough task being paired with multi-year starter Caleb Grimes and senior Davis Kannapell. On the midfielder end, we’ve seen figures such as seniors Tanner Black and Jack Werner emerge to run the ball up and down the field. These two have played outstanding lacrosse recently and will be huge in the championship.

Scott Howe has done it again. Every year the lacrosse team is new at the beginning, yet Coach Howe always manages to bring it together as a unit by the end. The team we saw Wednesday night was of the highest caliber, and the style was classic Coach Howe. There was not a single St. X player that dominated the Trinity game. Scoring came from a myriad of players, from the attack to the first two lines of midfielders. Everyone was getting touches, making it impossible for the opponent defense to shut down one specific player. This quality is the reason why everyone dreads playing St. X. It would not surprise me if upwards of 6 different players scored in the championship game. That’s just how versatile this team is.

The Tigers take on KCD at Br. Thomas More Page Stadium at 7:00 tonight. After tossing out a solid prediction for the last game, I couldn’t resist making another for the championship. My prediction is Tigers win 14-2. Again, Tiger Nation, it’s your turn. You did an outstanding job Wednesday night. Follow it up, and we will undoubtedly hear screams, shouts and cheers of “BACK TO BACK.”

Go Tigers! We Are!

Q&A: USA Today’s Josh Cook sits down with Tiger Lacrosse’s Davis Kannapell

Davis Kannapell is a force to be reckoned with. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Davis Kannapell is a force to be reckoned with. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Lacrosse defenseman Davis Kannapell took some time last week to talk with USA Today High School’s Josh Cook and to answer some quick questions. Here’s a bit of what Cook and Kannapell talked about:

Q: How did you come to be a defenseman?

A: My travel team had a game in Baltimore and we already have five goalies, so I picked up a D-pole and started the next game, and I’ve been playing it ever since.

Q: What was the highlight of your football career?

A: Against Cincinnati Moeller it was third-and-11 and they called a seam pass over the middle for me. I caught it and there was a guy coming over to blindside me and I ran him over and ran it to the 10-yard line.

Check out the rest of the article here, and go cheer on Kannapell and the rest of the Tiger Lacrosse team on Thursday in the District Final.

[Q&A | St. X’s Kannapell an intimidation presence]