Flyer Varsity Lacrosse Puts Up a Tough Offense Against St. Anthony’s

CBy Jack Hardy ’18

Chaminade’s varsity lacrosse team battled harsh weather conditions and archrival St. Anthony’s on Tuesday, April 5.  The allure of seeing two of Long Island’s top teams face off attracted many spectators despite the chilly weather.  Going into the game, the Flyers looked to improve their record; however, they knew that toppling the perennial powerhouse would be no easy task.

Captain Thomas Martello ’16 attempts to score while being close guarded by a St. Anthony’s defenseman.
Captain Thomas Martello ’16 attempts to score while being close guarded by a St. Anthony’s defenseman.

The Flyers got off to a slow start, giving up two goals early in the first quarter.  Entering the second quarter with a two-goal deficit, the Flyers had to prevent the Friars any more scoring opportunities.  The Flyers cut into the Friars’ lead when a goal by Will Renz ’16 put Chaminade on the board.  The goal rejuvenated the team and got the momentum rolling.

Shortly after Renz’s goal, Tom Martello ’16 created space between him and his defender, got a shot off, and scored the Flyers’ second goal of the game.  Martello’s goal evened the score between the teams.  Chaminade fans roared with applause, but the Friars were not about to give up.  Both teams continued to battle hard, and each team’s respective defense dominated the action.  

Captain Kyle Thornton ’16 defends against St. Anthony’s aggressive offense.
Captain Kyle Thornton ’16 defends against St. Anthony’s aggressive offense.

The game proved to be a nail biter and did not disappoint fans of either school.  It was a low scoring game, with neither team able to take a commanding lead.  With just a few seconds left in the third quarter, the Flyers trailed by a score of 5-3.  Chaminade had possession of the ball and was passing it around the net, looking for a weak spot to penetrate and drive towards the goal.  Joe Carney ’16 got a quick pass off to Regan Quinn ’17 who scored, thus cutting the deficit to just one.

Nick Flippelli ’16 evades St. Anthony’s skilled defense in an effort to recapture the game.
Nick Flippelli ’16 evades St. Anthony’s skilled defense in an effort to recapture the game.

The fourth quarter was one of the most exciting quarters the Flyers played this season.  The two sides were neck and neck, with neither team allowing the other to score.  Both goalies played outstanding lacrosse the entire game, but they excelled in the final quarter.  In the final seconds, Chaminade got off a shot on goal.  However, the St. Anthony’s goalie made a great save.  The final buzzer sounded, and Chaminade’s comeback had been thwarted.  The final score was 5-4 in favor of St. Anthony’s.

Ryan Moran ’17 said, “We knew St. Anthony’s would be a tough opponent; it came down to the final minutes, but unfortunately they came out on top in this one.”  Despite the tough loss, Chaminade’s offense proved capable of going toe-to-toe with some of the fiercest competition on Long Island.