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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!

St. X vs. Trinity Preview: State Semifinals

After an up and down season, look for Coleman Webb to have a statement game against Trinity. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

After an up and down season, look for Coleman Webb to have a statement game against Trinity. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Wednesday night (TOMORROW), Saint Xavier Lacrosse will play its most important game of the season, and this year it’s coming a little earlier than expected. The Tigers will face arch rival Trinity in the state semifinal matchup. For the past 10 years, it seems as though every year it has come down to the two teams in the championship, which is interesting due to the fact that the playoff seeding is completely random. This year, however, the Tigers will need to show out in the semis against the Rocks if they want the chance to play for the State Championship. It’s the most exciting part of the season – win or go home – and the Tigers are ready to win.

Of course the two rivals battled it out in a fun regular season matchup. The Tigers went in the favorite and left the same way, yet the game was nothing short of a challenge. The two teams traded goals the entire game up until the final moments, when a short run put Trinity up by two goals. The Tigers managed to get two goals in the final 45 seconds to push the game to sudden death overtime, where St. X would eventually win on a Leland Gray goal at the buzzer.

This time around, though, there will many changes in the flow of the game. Both teams have had their fair share of bumps and bruises since the regular season game, causing each team change up its system. Fortunately for the Tigers, the only difference should be on defense, where sophomore Paul Porter will be playing in place of senior Owen Peters, who suffered a foot injury just before the Virginia spring break trip.

Trinity has really been hit hard. Senior long-stick midfielder Jeremiah Hemme was hurt for the remainder of the season after breaking his wrist during the previous St. X vs. Trinity matchup. Hemme was a D-1 recruit who was an enforcer on defense while also being a scoring threat, putting two goals past Max Cartor during the regular season match. Senior attackman Austin Graehler will also miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Graehler scored five goals in the previous game against St. X.

St. X has been the dominant force in the past seven years, and this year should be no different. Porter has stepped in for Owen Peters and played well. He was able to get experience in the trip up to Virginia, and has really become a force on defense. The duo of Coleman Webb and Alex Cherry in the faceoff circle has been straight up dirty. We’re talking about a reigning All-American (Webb) and another senior who’s played just as well or even better at some points in the season.

The biggest thing for me is the injuries on Trinity’s end. The Rocks mustered 9 goals against St. X in what was just about the best game they could have played…and 7 of those 9 goals came from the two players who won’t be in uniform tomorrow. I just don’t see Trinity being able to put two people out there that are as effective as Hemme and Graehler. They already relied on two players to carry the bulk of the team, and now with the two players out, they have no one to turn to.

I’ve been watching every game this season, I’ve played the game for years and I’ve also had inside talks with players. My prediction is St. X wins 12-4. I can’t guarantee that score, but I can tell you that this game will be very different from the one we saw in Marshall Stadium during the regular season. One thing we can’t overlook, Tiger Nation, is that the crowd will play a part in this game; it always has, and it always will. So get out to Br. Thomas More Page Stadium and get rowdy.

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]

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.”

Tigers Finish Out Season With Win Over Collegiate

Coach Howe talks with Coleman Webb, Nick King, and Ben Grimes | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Coach Howe talks with Coleman Webb, Nick King, and Ben Grimes | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

On a wet Wednesday afternoon, the Tiger lacrosse teams took on Louisville Collegiate in their last regular season games of the year. After days of continuous rain, the game was rescheduled to be played at Brother Thomas More Stadium, which proved to be a benefit for the Tigers. JV was locked into a close game through the first quarter. At the beginning of the second period, the team found themselves down by a couple of goals. Sophomore John Mueller helped change things around. Mueller, along with Griffin Jung (2 goals) and Joey Mackin (1 goal and 4 assists), helped guide the Tigers back into the game, which was tied at halftime. Once the third quarter started, the Tigers started firing on all cylinders, scoring goal after goal. When time ran out, JV claimed their last win of the season by a score of 13-8.

The Varsity game started with clear skies as a big and rowdy crowd cheered both sides on. The Tigers jumped out to their usual early lead, scoring 4 straight goals before allowing a Collegiate goal. St. X never allowed Collegiate to make a come back, as they controlled the pace the entire game. Even with Collegiate’s goalie’s great performance, the Tigers were able to follow their shots with more opportunities, eventually building up a sizable lead. Even as the Titans scored a quick couple of goals, the Tigers were able to counter. By the end of the third quarter, the Tigers had taken a 10-3 lead over the Titans. Through the fourth quarter, the St. X defense only allowed one more goal. In the end, the Tigers were too much for the Titans and claimed a 14-4 victory to close out the regular season. Nick King led the Tigers through Wednesday’s game as he swam through the Collegiate defense, picking up five incredible goals. Coleman Webb showed that he has a diverse skill set, as he controlled face offs and scored 3 goals.

The Tigers played a perfectly executed game against Collegiate, showing how much they have grown as a team throughout the season. Heading into the state playoffs, the Tigers look to be the favorite as they try to capture the State Championship trophy that slightly eluded them last year.

Both Tiger Lacrosse Teams Victorious in Close Games

The Tigers line up before their game Saturday against Cathedral. | Photo by Chris Raymond

The Tigers line up before their game Saturday against Cathedral. | Photo by Chris Raymond

As the Saturday morning of Tiger Sports kicked off, Indiana powerhouse, Cathedral High School, took a visit to Brother Thomas More Stadium to take on the Tigers.  Defending Indiana High School Lacrosse State Champions and Nike/USL Midwest No. 8 ranked Cathedral presented a challenge for St. X, but it was nothing the Tigers could not handle.

The JV team started the day with a tight back and forth scrum with Cathedral. After a quick 2-1 start to the game by St. X and Freshman Joey Mackin (1 goal, 1 assist), both defenses began to shut down any offense presented to them. Throughout the rest of game, the JV defense, led by Junior Patrick Ryan, showed phenomenal poise, only allowing one more goal through three more quarters of play. The Tigers went on to win the close game 3-2, improving Coach Frank and his JV squad to 3-1 on the season.

 

Coleman Webb prepares to win a face off. | Photo by Chris Raymond

Coleman Webb prepares to win a face off. | Photo by Chris Raymond

Coach Howe and the Varsity team went face to face with Cathedral in a battle to remember. Cathedral came out shooting, not afraid to rip shots from anywhere on the field. After two quarters, the Tigers found themselves down 8-4. The third quarter kicked off with St. X scoring seven unanswered goals behind the leadership of Junior Collin Roppel, who alone accounted for 5 goals and 4 assists. Along with him, Junior Leland Gray (3 goals) and Senior Raike Thornewill (3 goals) showed an amazing display of talent to help the Tigers rally from behind. The defense recovered incredibly, not allowing a single goal in the third quarter due to Junior Max Cartor in the cage and Sophomore Caleb Grimes at long-pole. The game saw an eventful fourth quarter where Cathedral answered with a couple of man advantage goals of their own, but the Tigers prevailed with the win after Collin Roppel scored his fifth goal with 7.1 seconds left. After Saturday’s victory, St. X improved to 3-1 on the season.

Both teams look ahead on the schedule to Christian Academy of Louisville on Tuesday. CAL is currently ranked No. 2 in the state according to Laxpower.com and is sure to be a tough game for the No. 4 Tigers.

St. Xavier falls to MBA

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Coach Howe and the Tigers fought valiantly, but came up just short of a victory in overtime against Montgomery Bell Academy | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Tiger Lacrosse took a trip down to Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday to take on nationally ranked Montgomery Bell Academy. Last year, St. X prevailed victoriously in both the JV and Varsity games, but unfortunately this year went a bit differently. The JV team (1-1) started off well, contesting the Byrons on every shot, however, Montgomery Bell came out attacking strong in the second quarter, building a 5-1 lead at the half. The lead became too much for the Tigers to overcome, eventually giving JV their first loss of the season with a 14-3 final score.

Varsity Tiger Lacrosse (1-1) entered the game as the underdog and it took the Tigers a little while to get going.  A 177 mile bus ride will do that to you sometimes.  After one quarter of play, the Tigers found themselves down 6-3.  With superb determination and supreme senior leadership, the Tigers crawled back into the game, cutting the lead down to one goal down through the final minutes of the game. With less than two minutes left, the Tigers scored the tying goal, eventually forcing the game into overtime. Despite the incredible momentum built up by St. X, Montgomery Bell and Senior defenseman Sam Bamigboye, who is committed to John Hopkins University, were too tough to knock off. The Byrons won 12-11 over our St. Xavier Tigers in the Varsity game. What was built up to be an extremely tough and physical high school lacrosse game surely did not disappoint.

The Tiger Lacrosse program goes east on Wednesday March 12 for a JV/Varsity double-header at Lexington Catholic High School.  JV plays the Black Knights at 5:00 PM and Varsity will follow with a scheduled start time of 7:00 PM.

JV and Varsity Lacrosse Start the Season with Drubbings of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Sophomore Zach Goldberg was the star of the show for the JV Tigers, finishing with a hat trick | Photo by Chris Raymond

Both the JV and Varsity lacrosse teams started off their regular season play with strong wins against Paul Dunbar. The JV squad started the day with a flury of quick scores, building up an impenetrable lead. With scores from Joey Mackin, Chase Mattingly, Andrew Caneris, John Mueller, Cole Stumler (2), Cameron Simoneaux, Tyler Copeland, Jay Bentley, and Griffin Jung, including a Hat-trick from Zach Goldberg and a solid showcase of goaltending from Jonathan Benz and Hudson Hill, the JV team was practically unstoppable. The team finished off Paul Dunbar’s JV team 14-0, helping Head Coach James Frank earn his first win as head JV lacrosse coach.

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Junior midfielder Alex Cherry was a force to be reckoned with, controlling face-off after face-off | Photo by Chris Raymond

Varsity came out flying, setting the tempo with four early goals. The Tigers quickly rallied behind Senior Raike Thornewill, who alone scored five goals. St. X dominated the face-off “X”, hardly ever allowing Dunbar to control possession. Coleman Webb and Alex Cherry took early control of the face offs, allowing the Tigers to possess the ball for most of the game. The Tiger defense, led by Senior Evan Caffee, shut down any offensive attempts by Dunbar, allowing only two goals (both coming in the final minutes of the fourth quarter). Junior Max Cartor played an outstanding game in goal; After playing three quarters of the game, he had not allowed a single goal. The Tigers easily handled Dunbar, winning 16-2. The win serves as a nice foundation  for the Tiger’s run at reclaiming the state title in late May.

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Saint Xavier used an outstanding team effort to earn a season-opening win | Photo by Chris Raymond

The JV and Varsity Tigers travel to Nashville this Saturday to play Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA), a nationally ranked high school team. Last year, St. X took the sweep in these games as MBA traveled up to St. X. However, with Montgomery Bell coming back stronger than ever, the Tigers will look to escape  Nashville with a tough road win.

2014 Tiger Lacrosse Preview

2014 Lacrosse Home Schedule

The field is cleared, the sticks are strung perfectly, and the Tiger Lacrosse team takes to the practice field hoping to create another memorable season. Last year the Tigers lost in the state finals 5-8 to in-state rival Trinity after beating them earlier in the regular season. The Tigers are coming off of a 15-6 record (undefeated in state in the regular season) and are looking to reclaim the state title.

The Tiger offense, led by senior attackman Raike Thornewill and junior Collin Roppel, looks to pick up where it left off, even after the departure of two of last year’s starting attackmen. Senior Raike Thornewill feels confident about the lineup, saying “This year we have the talent to match, and most likely even exceed the level of talent we had last year.” He explains that “team chemistry is at an all time high” and that he is confident in “the brick wall known as Max Cartor in cage.”

The midfield will be led by senior Will Roshkowski, who recently committed to Bellarmine, and junior Coleman Webb. Webb showed last year that he was more than ready to play competitively at the varsity level when he filled in for an injured Zack Riggs and dominated the face-offs.

This year’s young yet experienced defense looks to capitalize off of a great last season. Led by senior Evan Caffee, the defense looks to use its incredible team chemistry to make an impenetrable back line. Of course, the Tiger defense would not be complete without junior goalie phenom Max Cartor, who had a breakout season last year as a sophomore, saving more than 67 percent of all shots taken on him. He looks to repeat his spectacular season in 2014. He is excited about this year, saying, “We have a great team; Almost our entire defense is returning.”

As for Varsity Head Coach Scott Howe, he believes the team looks better than ever. He is specifically impressed with the “tremendous amount of experience returning, including eight of ten starters” and fully intends to “bring the championship back to Poplar Level Road in 2014.”

After a strong Green and Gold game showcasing the Tiger’s great young talent, the expectations are high for this years varsity team. The first regular season game is against Paul Dunbar March 5th at home. Make sure to come out and support your Tiger Lacrosse team as they strive to reclaim the state title in 2014!

Tiger Fan of the Week wants Monday News and Notes

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As Winter Sports head into State Championship runs and Spring Sports prepare to open their seasons, there are a lot of headlines.  Let’s get to it.

Tiger Basketball begins the road to Rupp Arena and the Sweet Sixteen State Tournament in Lexington this week.  St. X takes on Brown this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Brother John Wills Arena.  Looking ahead, the Tigers should be in the 26th District Championship on Thursday in the Wills Arena; game time is set for 7:00 p.m.  Look for another thrilling game in the championship, as St. X will presumably take on Male in a rematch of fierce rivals.  The Tigers edged the Bulldogs 70-67 in an electrifying, double-overtime battle at Male on Feb. 7th.

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Tiger Swimming will go to war at Ralph Wright Natorium Friday and Saturday in search of its 26th consecutive State Championship and 50th overall.  St. X will have to fend off a hungry Covington Catholic team, who has as good a shot as ever to break the streak.  Competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on both days.  In addition to the State Championship, the Tigers will also be fighting to finish off a fourth consecutive undefeated season.

2014 Lacrosse Green Gold Game Landscape

Tiger Lacrosse begins practice this week; rosters were announced last weekend, and the hunt for a sixth State Championship in seven years is on.  The Tiger Lax Green-Gold Game is set for this Saturday, March 1st, from 10-12 a.m. at Brother Thomas More Stadium.  The season opener is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5th, against Paul Dunbar High School.  Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Brother Thomas More Stadium.

Tiger Rugby will welcome one of the best rugby teams in the nation to Brother Thomas More Stadium on Saturday.  Indianapolis Cathedral High School was ranked number one in the country last season and will be the Tigers’ opponents in their season opener.  The A game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., and the B game is set for 4:30.

Tomorrow is WSTX Sports’ own Evan Shaheens’ birthday! Everyone make sure to tweet @E_Shaheen82 and wish him a Happy Birthday tomorrow!  Thanks for everything you do for the Tiger Sports Family, Evan!

It will be a busy week and a busy weekend for sure for Tiger Sports.  Tiger fans, make sure to get out to as many events as possible!  Go Tigers!

Chase Carraro Paves the way for future Tiger Lacrosse Players to Go Pro

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Chase Carraro #32 of the Ohio Machine shoots on goal in the third period against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on July 6, 2013 at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio. Chesapeake defeated Ohio 13-12. | Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Class of 2009 graduate Chase Carraro has been one of the most successful players to come out of the Tiger Lacrosse program in school history. Carraro had a great career at St. Xavier where he led the team to state championships in his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the All-State team in 2007 and 2009 and also an All-American in 2008 and 2009.

Carraro attended the University of Denver the past four years where he was a part of two NCAA Final Four Lacrosse teams while playing for the Pioneers. He led the team in face-off wins all four seasons and led the team in ground balls the last three seasons.

Chase now plays for the Ohio Machine, which is a Major League Lacrosse Organization. Another Former Tiger, Kent Taylor of the Voice-Tribune, talked to Carraro last month about being the first player in the MLL from Kentucky.

[Carraro Blazes Trail for Ky Lacrosse]