TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 1/24/16
While “snowmageddon” 2016 was hitting the Northeast this weekend, the high school lacrosse season began to heat up down south as defending Alabama state champion Spain Park traveled to play Louisiana’s state finalists from 2015, Jesuit and St. Paul’s, in Hammond, LA.
On Friday Spain Park downed St. Paul’s, 13-10, and then Saturday Jesuit downed Spain Park, by the same 13-10 score.
The games were played at Chappapeela Sports Park under the lights with temperatures in the low 30s on Friday and slightly warmer on Saturday.
Spain Park was 18-1 last year under long time head coach Dan Jordan. One of its wins was over Jesuit, 11-5. Jesuit went on to go 13-2, winning its fourth straight Louisiana state crown with a 9-3 win over St. Paul’s.
In Saturday’s win, Jesuit got five goals from Michael Smart and four goals and three assists from Max Murret (Tampa signee) while goalie Rob Hinyub had 12 saves (unofficially).
“The game last year (vs. Spain Park) was our worst game of the season,” said Hinyub. “I was unable to play in that game and our All-American attackman (Cameron Guernsey) who is now at Roanoke was out with a concussion. The game this year was more about us focusing on starting the season off right and preparing to go to Dallas next weekend to play against some top-notch competition at the Jesuit Dallas Invitational.
“Although we weren’t really focusing on revenge from last year, it was nice to get back at these guys, especially since we didn’t put our best foot forward last year.”
Hinyub said his Blue Jays got production from all areas on the field.
“The offense looked solid, especially the attack,” said Hinyub. “Our middies looked good in transition. Spain Park’s midfield initiated much of their offense and they were very proficient in their back door cuts and feeds.
“Our close defense only returns one starter, but our two new guys are very talented and strong. We also had a sophomore LSM who played his first varsity game and wreaked havoc in the midfield and was a solid contributor to our man-down defense.”
Next week at the Jesuit Dallas Invitational, Jesuit New Orleans will face Texas teams Colleyville and Jesuit Dallas on Saturday, and Plano West and Flower Mound on Sunday.