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Tiger Lacrosse wins 6th title in 7 years

Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Story by Conor Revell – Louisville Catholic Sports

The Tiger Lacrosse team came into this season with a chip on its shoulder after losing to Trinity in last year’s state championship game, but now it’s gotten revenge.

The Tigers can rest easy knowing they are back on top after defeating the Shamrocks 10-6 Friday in the Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League championship game at Br. Thomas More Stadium.

The victory wraps up a fantastic season for the Tigers, who didn’t lose to a team from Kentucky and won their ninth state title. No other school has that many; Trinity is second with five.

Leland Gray led the Tigers (17-3) with four goals. The junior scored the first one of the game less than a minute in.

Besides Gray, Roshkowski (2 goals), Collin Roppel (2), Graham Weyland and Blake Roshkowski also scored for the Tigers.

St. X goalkeeper Max Cartor was named the game’s MVP. Other than Trinity’s Jackson Lienhart’s goals, the junior kept the Rocks at bay all night.

The Tigers were adept at passing the ball; eight of their goals came off assists. Coleman Webb (4), Will Roshkowski, Blake Roshkowski, Raike Thornewill and Roppel all delivered assists.

Gray and Will Roshkowski set the pace when they both scored in a 17-second span to make it 2-0 less than two minutes in.

Lienhart knocked in two goals to tie it by the end of the first quarter. Two goals by Gray and Roppel put the Tigers up 4-2 at the half, and they led by four goals twice in the second half.

Tiger Lacrosse is the 2014 State Champions

Champs

Congratulations to the 2014 KY Lacrosse State Champion Tiger Lacrosse Team!  The Road to Redemption ends with a win over the Trinity Shamrocks!  This is the program’s sixth state title in the last seven years!

Chris Raymond and I will have more here shortly from the championship team.  Celebrate accordingly Tiger Nation! We Are! St. X!

Tiger Lacrosse Hosts Trinity

Friday, May 16 | 7:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium (6,000) | Louisville, KY

Trinity Tournament Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

No. 1 St. Xavier Tigers (16-3) vs. Trinity Shamrocks (13-5)
Friday, May 16th
Varsity Game – 7:00 PM
Kentucky Lacrosse State Tournament Championship
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

This is Our State

St. Xavier defeated CAL last night by a score of 17-3, to advance to the KY Lacrosse State Championship tonight against Trinity at Br. Thomas More Stadium at 7:00 PM.

This is the second ever state championship being hosted at St. Xavier and will feature the same match-up as the first.  The Shamrocks and Tigers met on the same field earlier this season with St. Xavier winning 16-3.

In last year’s state championship, Trinity got the upper hand beating St. Xavier 9-5.  Will the trend of the regular season winner, losing in the playoff rematch continue? Or will St. Xavier start a new streak of state championships and capture their sixth in seven years?

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV, @LouCathSports
Last Game: Defeated CAL 17-3
CAL Postgame Interviews
Six Tiger Lacrosse Players Named All-State
2014 KY Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket

The Road to Redemption

Tiger Lacrosse beats CAL 17-3

One Win Away

Tiger Lacrosse defeated Christian Academy 17-3 in the KY Lacrosse State Semifinals last night.  Before we get a full recap from Chris Raymond, here are the Roshkowski brothers and Nick King plus J.C. Storner with their thoughts on the team’s performance.

Trinity defeated KCD 14-3, so St. Xavier will face Trinity in the State Championship of the KY Lacrosse State Tournament tonight at 7:00 PM at Br. Thomas More Stadium.

Tiger Lacrosse Hosts CAL

Wednesday, May 15 | 8:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium (6,000) | Louisville, KY

 

CAL Tournament Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

No. 1 St. Xavier Tigers (15-3) vs. No. 6 Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions (8-4)
Wednesday, May 15th
Varsity Game – 8:00 PM
Kentucky Lacrosse State Tournament Semifinals
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

St. Xavier defeated Ballard on Monday 18-1 to advance the team into tonight’s Semifinal match-up with Christian Academy.  The Tigers faced CAL on March 18th on the road earlier this season which resulted in a victory by the score of 14-2.

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV, @LouCathSports
Last Game: Defeated Ballard 18-1
Six Tiger Lacrosse Players Named All-State
2014 KY Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket

The Road to Redemption

Tiger Lacrosse vs. Ballard Photo Gallery

Lacrosse Moves on to State Semi-Finals

Coleman Webb | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Coleman Webb | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

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.

Tiger Lacrosse Hosts Ballard

Monday, May 12 | 6:00 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium (6,000) | Louisville, KY

Ballard Tournament Central Graphic

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

St. Xavier Tigers (14-3) vs. Ballard Bruins (11-5)
Monday, May 12th
Varsity Game – 6:00 PM
Kentucky Lacrosse State Tournament
Louisville, KY

GAME NOTES

St. Xavier defeated Ballard on March 26th 18-6.  That game was at Ballard High School and tonight the Tigers will host the Bruins at Br. Thomas More Stadium in the Kentucky Lacrosse State Tournament Quarterfinals.  In the 2013 State Tournament, St. Xavier ended Ballard’s season in the Semifinals with a 9-5 victory.

COVERAGE

Twitter: @WSTXSports, @TigerSports_TV, @LouCathSports
Last Game: Defeated Collegiate 15-3
2014 KY Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket
Tiger Lacrosse draws Ballard for Quarterfinals
The Road to Redemption

Hot off the press, your 2014 KY Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket

2014 KY Lacrosse State Tournament Bracket

See you at Br. Thomas More Stadium Monday at 6:00 PM SHARP!

Tigers Claim District Championship

Collin Roppel and Nick King | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Collin Roppel and Nick King | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Coming off of a strong victory over Collegiate High School, the Tiger Lacrosse team started their playoff run on Thursday, once again playing Collegiate in the District Finals. St. X fans sat in silence as Collegiate performed in one of their best quarters of the season. At the end of the first quarter, Collegiate led 1-0 over the Tigers.

After a very long and loud screaming session by Tigers’ Head Coach Scott Howe, the Tigers pulled themselves together to start the second quarter. St. X didn’t waste much time after that as the Tigers quickly scored 8 consecutive goals (Roppel, Muldoon, Webb, Edwards, Miller, King, Gray) to head into halftime with an 8-1 lead.

By the start of the second half, the Tigers had suppressed the Collegiate attack due to Owen Peters, Austin Sweeney, and Caleb Grimes’ great defensive efforts. Through the last two quarters, the Tigers scored 7 more goals, being led by Will Edwards who had three on the night. In the end, St. X claimed the district championship with a 15-3 win over Collegiate.

2014 All-District Lacrosse Team | Photo by Chris Raymond

2014 All-District Lacrosse Team | Photo by Chris Raymond

The victory was made sweeter when Max Cartor, Collin Roppel, and Nick King were named All-District players of the 2014 season. Next up for St. X is the real playoff bracket. The Tigers start off with Ballard on Monday, May 12 in the KY Lacrosse State Quarterfinals.

Tiger Lacrosse draws Ballard for Quarterfinals

Tanner Black and Breck Robinson | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tanner Black and Breck Robinson | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Lacrosse is fresh off a District Championship victory over the Collegiate Titans and will next face the Ballard Bruins in the Kentucky Lacrosse State Quarterfinals on Monday May 12th at 6:00 PM at Br. Thomas More Stadium.

Go Tigers!

The Road to Redemption

2014 Tiger Lacrosse Playoffs Road to Redemption

2014 Tiger Lacrosse Post-Season Schedule:

May 8: District One Tournament Championship – St. Xavier vs. Collegiate 6:00 PM (Male High School) Win 15-3

May 12: KY Lacrosse State Championship Quarterfinals – St. Xavier vs. Ballard 6:00 PM (St. Xavier High School)

May 14: KY Lacrosse State Championship Semifinals (St. Xavier High School)

May 16: KY Lacrosse State Championship (St. Xavier High School)

Lacrosse District Tournament Pairings

Coach Scott Howe | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Coach Scott Howe and Will Roshkowski | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

The 2014 Lacrosse district tournaments begin today, but your Tiger Lacrosse team will not take the field until Thursday as they secured a spot in the district championship after going undefeated during the season against teams in their conference.

District winners and runners-up will automatically advance to the state tournament, which starts next week. For the second straight year, St. Xavier and Br. Thomas More Stadium will host the Kentucky Lacrosse State Championship on Friday May 16th.

DISTRICT ONE AT MALE HIGH SCHOOL

Tuesday: Male vs. Collegiate 6:00 PM

Thursday: Final, St. Xavier vs. Male-Collegiate winner 6:00 PM

Johnny Manziel wants a Tiger Lacrosse playoff update

Even Johnny Football says Go Tigers! | @jmanziel2

Even Johnny Football says Go Tigers! | @jmanziel2

The Tiger Lacrosse team wrapped up their regular season last Wednesday with a win over Collegiate by a score of 14-4.  This Thursday, May 8th, the Tigers will face the winner of Male-Collegiate at Male in the District Championship at 6:00 PM.

St. Xavier received a bye in the first round of the District One Tournament, which is held at Male High School this year, since they went undefeated in the regular season against teams from their conference. The Tigers automatically advance to the state tournament next week regardless of the outcome of the game since both the champion and runner-up of the district advances.  The State Tournament schedule is as follows: Quarterfinals Monday May 12th, Semifinals Wednesday May 14th and State Championship Friday May 16th at Br. Thomas More Stadium on the campus of St. Xavier.

Below, you will see the final standings of the KY 1 KSLL Conference.  Tiger Lacrosse finished the season with an overall record of 13-3 which puts them in the No. 1 spot in the state heading into the playoffs.  Nationally, the Tigers are ranked No. 204.

The Road to Redemption begins on Thursday, WSTXSports.com will have full coverage leading up to the game and during, so stay tuned for more information about this year’s Kentucky Lacrosse State Championship Tournament!

                                     Conference          Overall
    Team                              PR   W   L   T    Pct.   W  L  T    Pct.
1   St. Xavier                      96.92  6   0   0    1.00  13  3  0    0.81
2   Trinity                         91.69  3   2   0    0.60  10  5  0    0.67
3   Collegiate                      89.19  7   3   0    0.70  11  5  0    0.69
4   Ballard                         87.68  6   3   0    0.67  10  4  0    0.71
5   Christian Academy               87.43  7   2   0    0.78   7  4  0    0.64
6   South Oldham                    87.06  7   3   0    0.70  11  3  0    0.79
7   Kentucky Country Day            85.90  5   4   0    0.56  11  4  0    0.73
8   Oldham County                   84.90  5   2   0    0.71  10  2  0    0.83
9   North Oldham                    82.12  2   6   0    0.25   4  8  0    0.33
10  DuPont Manual                   77.30  2   8   0    0.20   2 10  0    0.17
11  Eastern                         75.88  1   8   0    0.11   5 14  0    0.26
12  Male                            75.05  0  10   0    0.00   3 10  0    0.23