March 28th, 2018

Rocks edge St. X in LAX

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Rocks edge St. X in LAX
St. X and Trinity battle for a face-off / photo by Conor Revell

You have to go back 11 years to find the last time Trinity’s lacrosse team beat St. Xavier two times in a row.

Well, a streak has begun; the visiting Shamrocks defeated St. X 8-6 at Brother Thomas More Stadium Wednesday night for their second consecutive win in the series.

“We have two very good faceoff guys,” Trinity head coach Pete Schroeder said. “We put polished and experienced guys on the wings that are also gritty. Those are like rebounds in basketball, the team that gets more rebounds in basketball is more likely to win. We try to do the same with face-offs. We tell the guys not to be selfish in anything, but you can be selfish in face-offs, go win them all.”

Trinity (6-2) won five straight against the Tigers (5-2) from 2005-07 in the midst of winning four straight state titles.

It’s also the first time in six years that the Rocks beat their archrival in the regular season.

Trinity’s biggest advantage was winning 13 of 17 face-offs.

“We weren’t real successful with the face-offs,” St. X head coach Scott Howe said. “We made a couple of switches and we’ll come up with something to counteract that. We didn’t do a good job with groundballs; we didn’t do a good job with the face-offs. That’s kind of a recipe for disaster.”

St. X never led falling behind 2-0 and trailed 4-2 at the break.

The Tiger scored the first goal of the second half to cut the advantage to 4-3, but Trinity quickly scored two goals to go ahead 6-3 with 4:07 to go in the third quarter

“Our offense is the manner of just not being overcome by the moment,” Schroeder said. “This is the 17th year of Trinity and St. X playing. When we lose, we usually do because we tried to do too much. We made a point that they have a lot of teammates with a lot of talent so everybody should be unselfish and patient.”

St. X threatened when it cut the deficit to 6-5 with 1:27 left in the third quarter. The Rocks answered scoring the first two goals of the final quarter.

“We had to keep the same mentality as we had early in the game,” Trinity’s Scott Graehler said. “We had to finish it out at the end and keep doing what we were doing. We had to make sure that their enthusiasm and mojo didn’t affect how we played. Don’t let their game impact our game.”  

The Tigers didn’t score in the fourth quarter until only 3:53 remained.

“We need to learn how to catch and throw,” Howe said. “We need to catch and throw, it’s that simple. You can’t drop the ball standing in front of the goal five or six times when you’re one and one with the goalie. It’s a mess when you do that. We did a very poor job of catching and throwing and that turned into too many turnovers. If we eliminate turnovers, we will be fine.”  

Graehler led Trinity with two goals and an assist.

“We were really patient moving the ball around,” Graehler said. “We were doing a good job of being unselfish, and moving the ball to the next guy. That’s crucial on offense because if you dodge and panic, it’s an easy turnover. Today, we moved it quick and we got open shots and played very efficiently.” 

Logan Noland and Will Warner both had two goals apiece for Trinity while Paul McQuillen had a goal and an assist and Charlie Petrondo added a goal.

Keegan Puffer and Patrick Anderson led the Tigers with two goals apiece. Noah Mackin had a goal and an assist, Garrett Hoehler finished with one goal while Peyton Bray recorded an assist.  

St. X fired 34 shots at Trinity goalkeeper Jacob Sedgwick who made 10 saves.

“Defensively it was all about containing No. 31 (Patrick Anderson),” Schroeder said. “He’s a heck of a player and a very difficult matchup so we told our guys to be ready for that and to not let him go crazy. Everybody else just had to hold their matchup and communicate on defense.”

Trinity fired 36 shots. St. X goalkeeper Joe Storner played the first half and made seven saves while Connor Higgins protected the goal in the second half and also stopped seven shots.

Perhaps the Rocks will celebrate tonight and during spring break, the reality is that the Tigers will be ready when the two powerhouses likely meet again in the postseason.

“It wasn’t perfect,” Noland said. “We still have a ton of stuff that we need to work on. If we keep working and executing, it will all get better from here on out.” 


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