The St. Xavier Tigers downed the Trinity Shamrocks in route to their second straight KSLL championship. The Tigers were simply better in every aspect of the game. They dominated possession and won practically every ground ball battle all game long.
While Trinity did have some flashes and good looks they kept on shooting themselves in foot with unforced turnovers. When the shamrocks did get good looks or goalie Jack McClellan made a huge save the energy would quickly dissipate.
Hillis Burns, Noah Malubay, and Will Hubbs led the way for St. Xavier with three goal each. Towson signee Patrick Anderson also had two goals to add to the total as well.
Trinity was led by Dalton Hubbs with two goals while Blake Zupetz, Andre Higdon, Will Warner, and Jacob Rogers each had a goal as well.
In cage Joe Storner played stellar for St. Xavier while Jack McClellan did much of the same for Trinity.
St. Xavier got the scoring starting with a Noah Malaubay goal after some back-and-forth physical play on both. The Tigers then put up three more goals before the end of the quarter. Will Hubbs had two in final minutes of the first to make it 4-0 Tigers late in period.
Dalton Hubbs got Trinity their first goal of the game, scoring right off of the faceoff with 16.3 seconds left in the first, cutting the St. Xavier lead to 4-1 at the end of the first.
Trinity’s second goal of the game came the same way, but with Blake Zupetz coming right down the middle in the opening seconds of the second quarter. That cut the Tigers lead to 4-2.
St. Xavier went on a three-goal run that included multiple transition goals before Trinity scored again late in the second. Hillis Burns scored with just seconds left in the second to make it an 8-3 halftime lead for the Tigers.
The Tigers struck first early in the third with a Harrison Pate goal. Trinity finally got on the board again with a man-up goal coming from Dalton Hubbs with 5:54 in the period.
Near the end of the third Noah Malubay and Will Hubbs each scored to put the Tigers up 11-4. Within the final minute of the third Andrew Higdon scored for Trinity and Hillis Burns found the back of the net for St. Xavier.
After an early goal from Noah Malubay the Tigers tried to drain the clock, but Trinity was able to finally force a turnover and convert with a Jacob Rogers goal. That would be Trinity’s final goal of the game.
Baylor Wedge and Ben Hubbs both scored late in the game to put this one to rest as St. Xavier secured the 15-6 win.