The Holy Trinity boys and girls lacrosse teams are both building toward something special this season.
The boys, coming off their first district title in program history, are still loaded with young talent — many of them juniors — that could see them challenge for supremacy again.
“I think we’re a lot more talented and confident and the younger guys are stepping up,” junior defender Jack Combs said. “We’ve got a solid sophomore and junior class that we’re going to use to get deep into the playoffs this year.
“… The goal is to be even better than last year.”
Holy Trinity’s girls, meanwhile, have a new coach in Jeff Angermeier, two new impact players and for the first time in program history … a JV team.
“We say this every year, but we have a really strong, young team,” senior goalie Bella Muniz said. “I think it’s pretty amazing this year because I started out in seventh grade and the program was pretty new. Some years, we could barely get enough for varsity.
“It’s such an accomplishment this year that we can actually have a JV team, that we have enough girls. The sport’s spreading out.”
Muniz will anchor the defense along with senior AK Harmon. Senior Nicole Grillo, who has led the team in scoring the past two years, is also back and will get help from senior Mary Durkin and junior transfer Lindsey Angermeier, who was the top goal scorer at Edgewood last season.
The team is loaded with midfielders including freshman Victoria Nelson; sophomore Shelby Reeve; freshman Alexa Grillo and junior Kiley Jensen. Freshman Rori Betten transferred in from New York and has an extensive lacrosse background that should make her an impact player.
With 29 players in the program, the Tigers not only have a chance to build for the future, but there’s enough talent to try to compete with the county’s Class 1A favorites, Satellite and Edgewood.
“I think we’re going to be very competitive this year,” Jeff Angermeier said.
Holy Trinity’s boys, meanwhile, were off to a 7-1 start.
With top scorer Guillermo Marr and defender Aaron Benhase lost to graduation, the Tigers are operating a little differently.
“We are going to be a different team this year,” coach Eric Marr said. “Our offense will be much different. Last year, we were behind the X (the area behind the goal) with Guillermo and (had him) bring it around. This year, we’re relying much more on our middies.”
Those top offensive threats include junior midfielders Dylan Gibson, Jackson Bean and transfer Josh Romine along with sophomore middie Julien Warden and junior transfer attackman Jake “Pags” Pagliarini.
Holy Trinity’s defense will be a big strength with sophomore goalie Justin Cole.
Top Schopke along with freshman Griffin Brunger.
“Our defense is going to be very strong this year. We’re a balanced team, but frankly, our defense is probably going to lead us in quite a few games.”