Tigers put on offensive show in blow out of Lake Mary Prep


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Holy Trinity's Hannah Gunderson (left) scored eight goals as the Tigers defeated Lake Mary Prep 23-9 Friday night in a non-district game.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Holy Trinity girls lacrosse team spent a lot of time on the run Friday night.

And that was a good thing. A good thing indeed.

The Tigers, who have been working on improving their offensive game this season, put it all together against visiting Lake Mary Prep. Using their speed and athleticism to their advantage, the Tigers put up their biggest goal total of the season, beating the Griffins 23-9.

Senior co-captains Olivia McHenry and Hannah Gunderson led the Tigers to the blow out win, each scoring eight goals. Blair Agee scored four times and Aida McClatchey, Charlotte Varnes and Hope Valenti all had one goal.

Goalie Bella Muniz saved 13 of 22 shots.

“I think we played a really good game, especially in the second half,’ Tigers coach Sarah O’Connor said. “It took a minute to get it going in the first half, but then the team really came together.”

The win improved the Tigers to 4-4 on the season and with four more games to go before the district tournament, it was just the kind of game Holy Trinity has been looking for. That’s especially true since Friday night was the team’s first since coming back from spring break.

“I just think we did really well with our cutting and our communication, which is really important,” Gunderson said.

Gunderson and McHenry in particular were also very effective bringing the ball straight up the field, running past the Lake Mary Prep defense, and creating shot opportunities. The Tigers also won most of the ground ball situations and passed the ball well.

Meanwhile, Agee routinely won her draws and helped the Tigers dominate possession. That was particularly true in the second half when Holy Trinity built on an 11-6 lead to pull away from the Griffins for the easy win.

All the work the Tigers have been putting in on their offense is starting to pay off.

“I think we’ve noticed some of our main flaws that we have,” Gunderson said. “What we’d like to work on most is that ground balls are so important – scooping low – and communication and knowing when to cut. Because if you do it at the wrong time, it’s not going to work.”

O’Connor, in her first year as head coach of the Tigers after serving as an assistant last season, said she has been happy with the way the team has been progressing.

“We’ve been playing pretty well most of the time,” she said. “We’ve had a few rough games where we were just kind of in a funk. But mostly, the teamwork I’ve been seeing this year has been phenomenal. Especially compared to last year. I just see more people doing more.”

The Tigers certainly did a number on the scoreboard Friday night. Now, they’re hoping they can build off of it going forward.

“It was a lot of running for them, that’s for sure,” O’Connor laughed. “I’m not sad about it. They were really turning the wheels on.”