Holy Trinity lacrosse—exciting time for girls, lots of potential for boys


Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy finished strong last season before falling to Melbourne Central Catholic in the district playoffs.

While the Holy Trinity boys lacrosse team is hoping to pick up where it left off, the girls team is embarking on an entirely new journey.

The second-year girls program will be playing its first season as a varsity team.

“It’s really exciting,” junior Dani Thomas said. “Last year, we played as a JV team, but we played against varsity (opponents), so we kind of got the practice. I think we’re going to do better this year than we did last because we’re more experienced.”

The Tigers, who are coached by Tammy and James Slattery, won two games last year playing against varsity competition. Not only do they have some experience coming back, they also have some new players who have played the game before.

In addition to Thomas, players to watch for the Tigers this season include sophomore Drew DeSalvo, sophomore Taylor McHollan, eighth-grader Elysia Slattery, sophomore goalie Natalie Mercaldo and eighth-grade triplets Chelsea, Ashley and Brianna Basford.

Thomas, who had never played the sport before last year, is definitely sold on it now.

“I’d heard about it before and I didn’t play a sport that season so I was like, ‘Why not? I’ll give it a try,’” she said. “Then, after the first game, I was like, ‘I’m in love. Gotta keep playing.’”

While the girls will be learning just how good they can be, Holy Trinity’s boys lacrosse team figures to be one of the favorites in a new district that includes Viera, Rockledge, Merritt Island and Satellite.

The Tigers will be led by a core group of seniors that includes Mike Leary, Trey Ville and Charlie Barger, along with goalie Mike Scott.

Other key players include senior defender Cam Osman and a sophomore group known as the “groundhogs” — Noah Benjamin, Justin Ganiban and Ricky Berthiaume.

Coach Mike Leary said the key for the Tigers will be how well the younger players can pick things up defensively and help control the transition game. If that happens, the Tigers could be poised to get out of districts … and possibly make a deep postseason run.

It’s an exciting time for the Holy Trinity girls lacrosse program, which will play its first season at the varsity level.

“We’ll be doing our part, but the guys who need to step up to make the season successful are some of the younger guys who are in more of the role (player) positions,” Ville added. “They’ve adapted to their roles the way they should, so we’ve just got to keep working, keep getting our stick skills better and understand our defense. The offense will come.”

Last year’s team finished the season strong before falling to Melbourne Central Catholic in the district playoffs.

“Hopefully, we’ll just pick up where we left off last year, which was on a good note,” Coach Leary said. VV