Lacrosse Finish Strong with Second in State

Junior Connor Lu going for a shot.

Junior Connor Lu goes for a shot against St. Thomas More during the semi-finals. (Photo by Sivi Shirah)

St. Paul’s lacrosse season came to an end at St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette on Sunday, April 27, when they were defeated by Jesuit High School in the State Championship game, ending their season with a 15-4 record.

The championship game was a close one until Jesuit scored five goals in the fourth quarter.

“There was a two-hour rain delay during the third quarter which zapped a lot of our drive,” SPS lacrosse player Maxwell Gold said. “There wasn’t one specific fault that contributed to the loss, just a number of unlucky circumstances.”

The Wolves finished with an impressive state runner-up finish for the third consecutive year. The lacrosse sport, itself, is still relatively new for the 102-year-old school, having been at St. Paul’s only since 2008. This year’s squad continued the winning legacy that began so quickly.

“Throughout the season, we worked really hard as a squad and put in a lot of time on and off the field bonding and working on specific aspects of our game that we needed to improve on,” Gold said. “An overall positive atmosphere also really contributed to our success.”

Although nobody can deny that the Wolves work hard on their game on and off the field, many would say the also have a lot of individual talent on the team.

Junior Hunter Simonson going in for the poke and lift.

Junior Hunter Simonson goes in for the poke and lift. (photo by Sivi Shirah) 

“Along with having a lot of seniors who have played together for a long time, there is a lot of team chemistry,” fellow SPS lacrosse player Jean-Paul Juge said. “We also have a lot of individual talent, especially from All-American Luke Posner and John Frey, so we had a really strong defense and great shooters.”

Two lacrosse players this year have received scholarships from colleges, Luke Posner and John Frey. Luke Posner will attend Tampa University. He has been on varsity since freshman year and plays long stick-mid and defense. John Frey will attend Rhodes University. He has played lacrosse at St. Paul’s since his junior year and plays long stick-mid and, occasionally, defense.

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