Tigers play ‘best game we’ve had all season’ in win over Bulldogs


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Holy Trinity's Josh Knight said the Tigers played their best game of the season Friday night against Melbourne. Holy Trinity won the game 12-6 to improve to 3-0 in district play.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Holy Trinity boys lacrosse team accomplished two big goals Friday night:

The Tigers beat visiting Melbourne 12-6.

They also kept showing improvement.

“It’s definitely the best game we’ve had all season,” senior Josh Knight said.

Guillermo Marr had three goals and two assists to lead the Tigers (3-1 overall, 3-0 in Class 1A, District 21).

Jack Ganiban, Ethan Leary, Knight and Adam Cole each scored twice. Brian Baumann had a goal and an assist. Goalie John Mercaldo had a big game in net with seven saves.

It was the third straight win for the Tigers – all in district play – which should virtually guarantee them a spot in the playoffs.

But it wasn’t just that Holy Trinity won Friday night, it was the way the Tigers did it. With only 16 players on the roster, this is a team that can’t afford to waste energy.

“We were really good at possessing the ball and holding it,” Knight said. “That’s really the key for us, especially since we’re a team with very few subs.

“The longer we can hold the ball, the longer we have time to recuperate and catch our breath. That was very helpful in that first half and that was by far the best first half we’ve had all season.

“It’s only our fourth game of the season. We’re still getting into our groove. A couple of us were way late to the season because of soccer – we made it to the regional semifinals – but so far, we’re looking pretty good, probably the best we’ve been in a while for our district. I’m really excited for this season and what’s to come.”

Holy Trinity, which will next play at John Carroll on Tuesday, will face their biggest test of the season next Friday when they travel to play perennial district powerhouse MCC.

If Friday’s game was any indication, the Tigers appear ready for the challenges that lie ahead of them.

“I told them before the game, ‘Let’s try to get better every game,’ and definitely, this game was the best game of the four (we’ve played),” Tigers coach Mike Leary said. “They’re starting to work the offense we set up. They’re starting to work as a team. They played hard today. It was an improvement.

“We’ve still got a way to go, but this was their best performance.”