December 23rd, 2017

No. 7 story of 2017: Trinity lacrosse wins state title

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


No. 7 story of 2017: Trinity lacrosse wins state title
Trinity's lacrosse team celebrating their state title victory / photo by Paul Najjar

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network has chosen its top 10 stories of 2017 and is posting them in a series starting Dec. 19 with an honorable mention list. LCSN will have a story each day with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will run our top story of the year Dec. 31st.

Four-peat? Trinity’s lacrosse team said no sir and denied St. Xavier of bringing home another state title trophy.

“There will be no more four-peat,” Trinity attackman Bryce Lowe, who netted a hat trick, said. “We were locked in and focused on what we needed to do to win.”

What a glorious night it was for the Shamrocks.

Trinity scored eight second-half goals to end the Tigers back-to-back-to-back stranglehold on the state title with an 11-9 victory.

“This was their game, their opportunity and they took it,” Trinity head coach Pete Schroeder said of squad. “They played fantastic. It was a typical Trinity-St. X game where it just goes back and forth. But we’ve told our guys all year that if something good happens, then make the next play; if something bad happens, just make the next play. St. X battled valiantly. They’re an excellent team and we knew it would take our best to beat them and we got pretty close to our best today.”

The Tigers upended the Rocks 7-5 on March 29. In this title tilt the Trinity snipers were poised to score. The Rocks got three goals from Bryce Lowe, two each from Henry Seay, Max Turnier and Logan Noland and single tallies from Lucas Porter and Will Warner. Turnier also recorded three assists and Noland had one.

“Our transition game was strong and we just kept moving on our end,” Lowe said. “We worked so hard and that work paid off.”

St. X took a 4-3 lead into halftime with those four goals coming from four different players. Joey Mackin got the Tigers’ first goal on his way to scoring a hat trick. Blake Roshkowski, who finished with two goals, Will Hubbs and Pat Anderson also scored in the second period for St. X.

Noah Mackin scored with 3:21 left in the third to put his Tigers up one, but that was the last lead St. X would enjoy at 7-6. Seay scored at 2:15 of the third and Noland added his second goal with 0:45 left in the period to put Trinity up 8-7 heading into the fourth.

“I think I lost 10 pounds in that third period,” Schroeder said. “St. X battled and battled. They’re a high-IQ team and they’re physical and fast. But our kids are tough and I’m super proud of them.”

It was a special night for the Rocks as the trophy finally returned to Shelbyville Road, something that has only happened twice since 2007.

Trinity senior defenseman Sam Hovious summed it up thusly, “We all just got closer together. We became an incredible unit to the point where we knew what each other was going to do before they would do it. That type of togetherness and trust played out big for us.”

Joey Mackin got his hat trick less than two minutes into the final frame to tie it at 8-all and then Turnier took over.

The senior sniper scored the go-ahead goal with 5:32 left and 50 seconds later Will Warner’s bazooka shot from 25-yards out extended the Trinity lead to 10-8. And just 33 seconds after that a Turnier sniper shot gave the Rocks an 11-8 lead with 4:09 remaining. St. X (16-4) got a late goal from Keegan Puffer to set the final at 11-9.

 

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