(Photo Courtesy of Jesuit Dallas Athletics)
The defending KSLL state champion St. Xavier Tigers wasted no time getting things rolling against arch-rival Trinity on Wednesday night as the nation’s biggest high school rivalry played out on the lacrosse field.
Aided by a 5-for-6, first-quarter mark at the faceoff dot from Brandon Shaffner, the Tigers sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter of play. Following two defensive stops from Trinity, St. Xavier broke the ice with a Luc Boudreau score at the 7:40 mark of the opening period. Scores from Henry Mercer and Jake Sendayiego followed within the next 37 seconds, making it a 3-0 game.
Sophomore star Trevor Havill ended the day with five goals for the Tigers to lead the way. The first two of which came during that first period as he scored his first off a dodge from behind and second off a feed from defenseman Ryder John to cap off a transition sequence.
Down 6-0, Trinity was able to get some momentum going in the second with their defense stepping into it’s own and sophomore goalie Nick DeGrandi settling in. However, despite the stops that the Rocks were able to make both in the second, and final three quarters as a whole, clearing and turnovers proved costly.
And when the Rocks did get quality looks on cage, especially in the second half, Bryce Moad was there to turn away any Trinity shot. And that was especially true in man-down situations as the Shamrocks went 0-4 on the power play.
St. Xavier held a 7-1 lead at the half and added six more in the final two quarters to complete the contest and earn the dominating 13-4 victory.
The Tigers then went on an beat Montgomery Bell (Tenn.) 12-3 on Friday.
Jesuit Dallas Tops ESD in Texas Rivalry
The Rangers of Jesuit Dallas welcomed in the Eagles of Episcopal School of Dallas on Friday night in a rivalry contest between two of the top powers in the Lone Star State.
A 2-2 game at the end of the first quarter, the Rangers found their rhythm and outscored the Eagles 9-2 in the final three frames. That includes a 5-2 fourth quarter that helped seal the deal.
Junior Charlie Schmidt led the way with four goals while senior McAllister Hobbs (Penn State) netted a hat trick. Connor Knight (Richmond) anchored things on the defensive end with a whopping 18 saves.
The Rangers later played California power Torrey Pines over the weekend and earned a 10-9 win in four overtimes.
Middle Creek (N.C.) Conquers Tough Week
In the Tar Heel State, the Middle Creek Mustangs faced a fairly tough slate last week as they faced the two other top teams in the Southwest Wake Conference, as well as fellow state power Christ School.
The Mustangs went 3-0 during that stretch, beating Holly Springs 13-12 in an overtime thriller before topping Green Level 14-6 and Christ School 13-6.
Senior Ohio State Signee Tate Jones combined for 11 points to help him surpass 140 career goals and 215 career points. Junior Collin Patrick (Marist) and senior Breyden Harrison (Jacksonville) each reached 100 career points during last week’s slate.
Saint Andrew’s (Fla.) Takes Top-Tier Clash
In the Sunshine State, two of the top teams in class 1A went to battle last week as Saint Andrew’s traveled to take on St. Edward’s.
Led by a four-point (2G/2A) outing by junior Jack Schulte (Air Force) and a 68% mark at the faceoff dot from Nick Golubov, the Scots took the contest 11-8.
Games to Watch This Week (April 6th-April 10th)
Cannon School (N.C.) vs Christ School (N.C.) – Thursday, April 7th, 5pm
St. Edward’s (Fla.) vs Lake Mary (Fla.) – Friday, April 8th , 7pm
Ponte Vedra (Fla.) vs Saint Andrew’s (Fla,) – Friday, April 8th, 7:30pm
Jesuit Dallas (Texas) vs Southlake (Texas) – Friday, April 8th, 7:30pm
Christ School (N.C.) vs Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) – Saturday, April 9th, 1pm