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St. Xavier 17 Lexington Catholic 1 (Lax)

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It seemed to be a deadlock early in the first quarter, the Tigers broke through on a Collin Roppel goal. The Roppel goal ignited a series of unanswered Tiger goals that persisted throughout the entire night.


Zayne Smith had a huge game, scoring and assisting the most of any game this season. Zack Riggs scored his first game of the season, and Will Roshkowski, Nick King, Michael Lyons, Joe Vonderheide, Brad Schickel, Colin Mackin, Raike Thornewill and Zac Sells all found the back of the net for the Tigers.


Defensively, the Tigers played another near perfect game. With aggressive and physical play by Evan Caffee, who, at one point, knocked two Lex Cath attackmen on their back at one time. Max Cartor also played a solid game, only allowing 1 goal on the many attempts for the Knights.


Despite the frigid conditions in which the Tigers played, they displayed yet again commendable skill and focus.


Goals: Zayne Smith (4); Brad Schickel (3); Collin Roppel (2); Zac Sells (1); Nick King (1); Will Roshkowski (1); Zack Riggs (1); Raike Thornewill (1); Joe Vonderheide (1); Michael Lyons (1); Colin Mackin (1).

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The Tigers speed and ball control outclassed the Knights in the same areas. The Tigers were fast and aggressive and passing lead to a variety of point-blank, quick release goals. The Knights goalie Matt Cervoni had some good stops on longer range shots but the pinpoint passes to the backdoor cutter for goals by the Tigers were impressive. The Tiger goalie had some good stops but the Knights did not generate enough shots. They struggled with the Tiger team speed and quickness and put to many balls on the ground. Josh Mesmer scored the only Knight goal. Hopefully the junior-heavy Knights can close the gap next year.


Congratulations to the Tigers. Even in the cold temps and constant chilling wind the Tigers executed very well and looked sharp. It certainly looks like USLacrosse may have missed a team in its pre-season list of top teams in the Southeast.

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