2016 Lax Season Ends with Semi-Final Loss, High Hopes for 2017

Zachary Nunez faces off against Jesuit in the semi-finals. (photo by LD Nolan)

Zachary Nunez faces off against Jesuit in the semi-finals. The game ended in 19-6 loss. (photo by LD Nolan)

(COVINGTON, La.) — The St. Paul’s Wolves Lacrosse season ended with a 19-6 loss against the Jesuit Bluejays in the LHSLL Semi-finals on Saturday afternoon at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie. The Bluejays went on to win the championship for the 5th time in a row. This was the first in several seasons the Wolves did not advance to the championship game.

“What affected us was the fact that the team was so young,” senior midfielder Matt Gallagher said. “Jesuit is losing a bunch of seniors next year, so I believe next year will hold the first SPS championship win.”

The Wolves ended their season with a record of 13-5. This season stood as a growing year due to the new coaching staff and the team only having seven seniors on the roster. Next year looks up, as the varsity team will have numerous seniors.

“We had a pretty good season. We beat some tough teams, and we stepped up when we needed to,” senior defenseman player Colin Hoy said.

The Wolves may not have had a stellar season, but they stayed strong throughout the year and managed to compete in the semi-finals.

“I think the team needs to warm up to the new coaching staff. The respect we had for our coaches last year just wasn’t there this season,” Hoy said.

The Wolves may not have won it all this year, however six players placed on the LHSLL All District teams. Junior attackman Dylan Futrell, junior midfielder Eli Crosby, and junior defenseman Kevin Katich were selected as 1st Team All District players. Players selected for the 2nd Team All District are junior attackman Ryan Flood, junior midfielder Kenneth Avanzino, and senior midfielder Zach Nunez.

“It is an honor to have been selected this year. I can’t describe how good it feels,” junior midfielder Eli Crosby said.

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