Holy Trinity lacrosse teams have eyes on postseason run
There is some renewed enthusiasm on the Holy Trinity girls lacrosse team this season. Photo by Carl Kotala
While the Holy Trinity boys lacrosse team is loaded with experience at every position, the girls team is learning to play under a new head coach.
But as the season began, both teams had a positive outlook.
“The girls are enthusiastic,” new girls coach Bret Barringer said. “They’re ready to play. We’re working on fundamentals, stick skills and understanding the game. I think if they apply themselves, making it to the district tournament is a realistic thing.”
Barringer will rely heavily on the play of standout goalkeeper Megan Mikuen and six seniors — Laura Bell, Taylor McHollan, Noel Whitlock, Audrey Wilson, Katie Vopel and Kristian Del Rosario.
There appears to be a new vibe on this year’s team under Barringer, a former assistant boys coach at Viera High.
Bell said the players have been very supportive of each other, particularly with the more experienced players trying to help their teammates grow. The senior also praised Barringer for being supportive and offering the kind of constructive criticism that will help the players grow.
“We’re definitely more cohesive than last year, and I think that’s definitely important to our own improvement,” she said.
Because of that, making it to the district tournament doesn’t seem out of reach.
“Based on how much we’ve improved in these three weeks, I can’t even imagine what we can do by the end of the season,” Bell said.
Holy Trinity’s boys have their eyes on a big postseason as well.
“I think we’re going to have a good year,” senior defenseman Hunter Altman said. “We have high expectations. Obviously, with all the seniors, we want to go out with a bang. We’re looking to win the district and then go to regionals and (go) as far as we possibly can.”
Tigers coach Mike Leary is excited about his team’s experienced depth at virtually every position.
Matt Starkey has stepped into the goalkeeper position and played well. Senior defensemen Altman and Ricky Berthiaume have a lot of experience. Midfielders Justin Ganiban, Brian Putnam and Sean Taylor all have speed and Josh Moisand is a senior attackman. Sophomore Brian Bauman has also been working hard on his faceoffs, which could play a vital role in the Tigers’ success.
“They’re all pretty athletic, hard-working kids,” Leary said. “We’ve got some speed on the team this year, which is nice. We’re looking forward to it.”
Like last year’s team, this year’s group wants to spread the scoring around.
“As a result, we have scoring from every position,” Leary said. “We don’t have a key guy that scores. That’s kind of what we’re doing this year, setting goals for the team. If everybody chips in a little, we’ll be in good shape.”