Special moments highlight Senior Night as Tigers trounce Bulldogs

Holy Trinity's Guillermo Marr (in white) had a goal and five assists as the Tigers defeated Melbourne 15-0 on Senior Night. It was a special night for the Tigers, who honored five seniors during a halftime ceremony. That included Marr, who has been coached by his father -- Tigers head coach Eric Marr -- since he was 7 years old.

As father and son, Eric and Guillermo Marr have created a lifetime of memories.

Wednesday night offered up another moment they will always cherish.

Senior Night for the Holy Trinity boys lacrosse team was special – as all Senior Nights are – for the Tigers as they honored Aaron Benhasse, T.J. McCallan, Walker Johnson, Jack Sottile and their families during halftime of a 15-0 win over the Melbourne Bulldogs.

Also making the walk was the Marr family, which included Tigers head coach Eric Marr and senior team captain Guillermo Marr.

“I’ve been coaching my son since he was 7 years old,” Eric Marr said. “I’ve had some great times with him. He’s been a great boy. We’ve both put up with each other.

“… That’s why I was hugging him like crazy. This is his senior year. I’m just ecstatic that I’ve been able to coach my son for this many years.

“It’s a special thing to coach your son. It really is. Especially Guillermo. We’ve been together for a long time. We’ve shared so many different memories.”

The Tigers (13-1) dominated Melbourne (3-11) from the start, scoring four goals in the game’s first four minutes.

Johnson scored three goals and McCallan had two to celebrate their Senior Night. Sophomore Dylan Gibson had three goals and two assists. Freshman Andrew Turner had two goals and two assists. Sophomore Jack Combs had two goals and 10 ground balls. Freshman Julien Warden and junior Mick McCarthy also scored one goal each. Freshman goalie Justin Cole had three saves.

Guillermo Marr had one goal and five assists.

“(Senior Night) was a really good moment for me,” Guillermo said. “Everything coming together, my final year … it really kicked in. All my memories came through my head like, this is really it -- my senior year.

“It was just a big moment.”

And of course, being able to experience it with his father on the sideline only made it more memorable.

“It was really special to share it with him,” Guillermo said. “He’s been coaching me for so long. Everything I’ve learned has been taught through him. He always works with me through everything.”

Originally from Baltimore, the Marrs came to Holy Trinity when Guillermo was in the sixth grade. Eric has been either an assistant or head coach the entire time.

And now, Guillermo and the rest of the seniors have a chance to close out their high school careers in a big way.

Holy Trinity has the No. 1 seed in next week’s Class 1A, District 7 playoffs. The Tigers are scheduled to play Rockledge (1-12) in the first round Monday at 5 p.m. at MCC.

“We have really come together as a team,” Eric Marr said. “The guys are talking to each other and really communicating with each other now. It was different when the coach was telling them what to do. Now, the players are telling each other what to do.

“That really feeds off of each player. Frankly, when the players get together and talk to each other and communicate, it really makes the coach’s job so much easier.”

Given that the Tigers went undefeated in district play, they will be the favorites to take home the district championship and advance to the regionals, which are scheduled to begin on April 23.

Holy Trinity has a chance to make a nice postseason run. But no matter how far the Tigers go, Eric Marr already knows how he’ll likely react when his team plays its final game and he will have coached his son for the final time.

“I’ll probably cry,” he said.