Holy Trinity lacrosse teams building for success
Senior John Rahmes has played six years of lacrosse for the Tigers. He's using that experience to help teach some of the team's younger players.
The Holy Trinity boys and girls lacrosse teams find themselves in similar positions this season.
Both have new coaches and a lot of young players.
“We’re a young team. I would say 80 percent of our players are ninth and 10th graders,” Holy Trinity boys coach Eric Marr said.
“We’re slowly gelling together … as a group, we’re doing really well. I’m satisfied with how they’re playing.”
Marr inherited a team that had just four players — John Rahmes, Guillermo Marr, Adam Cole and Aaron Benhase — returning from last year.
The Tigers have since been bolstered by Sullivan Altman and Preston Milo, players with experience, coming out for their senior seasons.
Rahmes, a senior who has been playing for six years, is the leader on defense, which also has been getting good play from newcomers Marcel Poitier and Trenton Gowins.
“I’ve been trying to teach the defense up a little bit since I’ve definitely been here the longest,” Rahmes said. “… I think this year is a rebuilding year. Next year, I know they’re going to be really good.”
That doesn’t mean, of course, the Tigers are giving up on being competitive this season.
“We’re building slowly up right now,” Eric Marr said. “It’s going to take some time. But I think by the end of the year, we’ll be gelling as a team.”
The same could be said for Holy Trinity’s girls team, which already owns a couple of big wins against Merritt Island and Melbourne.
“We have a lot of younger girls who are filling in what we lost year, which is exciting,” senior co-captain Olivia McHenry said. “We still have a lot of room to improve, so I think that makes the rest of the year more exciting.”
New coach Sarah O’Connor said she believes the Tigers are capable of getting back to the district championship game.
McHenry, meanwhile, described the Tigers as a strong second-half team that is relaxed away from the field.
“The more games we’ve been playing, the more they’ve been coming together as a team, which is great to see,” O’Connor said. “I’ve been seeing a lot of leaders step up. I’m really excited for a lot of the new players and just the future of the program.”
Despite the loss of last year’s top scorer, Ann Kelly, the Tigers have been getting scoring from a variety of players along with strong play from McHenry, co-captain Hannah Gunderson and leading defender Alex Davenport.
“It’s really exciting to see the ball get thrown around a little bit more and for Olivia, especially, to step up in kind of a point guard position,” O’Connor said. “Hannah runs the midfield really well. She’s really exploded this year.”