Holy Trinity lacrosse teams have experience, talent


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Holy Trinity senior Brian Baumann, shown here during a recent game against Melbourne, missed much of last season with a broken collarbone. His return has given the Tigers a big lift as they try to chase down a district title.

Viera Voice Carl Kotala

 

They’ve both got some tough challenges ahead of them to be sure, but the Holy Trinity boys and girls lacrosse teams both have a chance to do something special this season.

Combining a mixture of experience and strong offensive attacks, both Tiger teams have a chance to contend for district titles.

Holy Trinity’s girls, for example, return all of their field players from last season — including top goal scorer Anne Kelly — which should make the Tigers a handful to deal with.

“I think this year we have the potential to be more solidified because last year the beginning of the season was kind of new for everyone,” Kelly said. “This is our second year with more returners, so we have the capacity to build upon last year even more instead of working out the kinks.”

Other top players for the Tigers this season include midfielders Ramsey Barrows, Hannah Gunderson and Olivia McHenry. The team also added a transfer student, Kyla Cavin, who could have a big impact.

While Sebastian River is the team to beat in the district, any team that has a player such as Kelly, who scored more than 100 goals last year, has to be a contender.

Holy Trinity coach Bret Barringer praised Kelly, who transferred to the school from Pennsylvania last year, not only for her play on the field, but for her willingness to help her teammates.

“She’s an amazing player,” Barringer said. “I’ve been around this game for 40 years and … she is one of the top five kids at her age I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen some (great) kids at her age play.

“She can play with just about anybody. I love her. She makes me look good.”

Like the girls, Holy Trinity’s boys team will face a big challenge from perennial district powerhouse Melbourne Central Catholic. But the Tigers have a veteran group that should be better on the attack this season.

“Last year, we graduated a lot of our defense, so our defense is definitely weaker,” senior Josh Knight said. “But our offense is definitely stronger than last year, I would say.

“We’ve got a lot of outside shooters.”

With only 16 players, the Tigers won’t have a lot of subs. But they do have plenty of experience with players such as Knight, Ethan Leary, Jack Ganiban and Guillermo Marr. Goalie John Mercado also has been solid this season and the young defense is improving.

“I’m hoping this is the year we can hang a banner in the gym,” boys coach Mike Leary said. “I really believe that if we play well, and things go our way, we can do it. But you’ve always got MCC to worry about. They always come to play.”