Downing St. Paul’s Earns Lacrosse Jays Shot at 5th Consecutive State Title
The 2016 senior-packed Jesuit lacrosse team has a chance to do something very special today. After whipping the Wolves of St. Paul’s in Saturday’s semifinal game, 19-6, the Blue Jays can win the school’s 5th consecutive lacrosse state championship.
Their opponent in the Louisiana High School Lacrosse League (LHSLL) title game is cross-town rival Brother Martin. The Crusaders edged Loyola College Prep Shreveport, 6-5, in a nail-biter that was decided in the final seconds.
Today’s championship game starts at 2 p.m. at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.
Within minutes of player introductions and the playing of the National Anthem, the Jays jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Following the opening barrage, the outcome was never in question.
Senior Max Murret paved the way, scoring four goals and assisting on six others. Juniors Noah Martin and Briggs Lucia had three goals each. Martin added four assists. Scoring two goals apiece were senior Dominic Sunseri and juniors Parker Simoneaux and Michael Smart.
Seniors Sammy Martin and Sunseri each picked up four ground balls, while senior Gray Cressy tallied four takeaways. Senior Rob Hinyub started in goal, making seven saves. Junior net minder Grant Stevens posted a clean sheet in mop up duty.
St. Paul’s won the center stripe fight, winning 18 of 29 face-offs.
The Blue Jays scored on four of five man-advantage opportunities.
“I love this team, but more importantly, they love each other and it shows in their play on the field,” said head coach Steve Krobert ’05. “I’m so proud of our guys and the teamwork they’ve demonstrated throughout the season.”