Orange County the Intersection of East Coast and West Coast Lacrosse

The boys’ varsity lacrosse team from Mount St Joseph High School in Maryland made their semi- annual trip out to Orange County last week. The Gaels have been making this trip to Orange County since 2006 and in fact, Trabuco Hills head coach Johnny Rodriguez was on that first team as a junior at Mount St Joe’s. “It was an incredible experience and I met people that I have stayed friends with and that became instrumental in my moving here to live after college, said Rodriguez. The sportsmanship and the camaraderie on the field demonstrated by high school athletes that are separated by an entire continent are the real story here.” The sport of lacrosse is growing so fast and moving quickly across this country from east to west and it is stories like this one that help the sport to grow.

Evans causes a turnover.
Harrison Evans causes a turnover.

On the field the Gaels first went up against the Monarchs from Mater Dei on Thursday night and put them down 12-3 in a tighter than the score indicates battle. On Friday, the boys from Maryland had a true dog fight on their hands as the Tartans from St Margaret’s were able to hold off a late charge and defeat the Gaels 14-13 on their home field.

Nick Wilson scoops up the groundball
Nick Wilson scoops up the groundball

The maiden voyage of that 2006 Mount St Joseph’s team came full circle on Saturday when the Gaels went up against Trabuco Hills and their alumnus, head coach Johnny Rodriguez. The contest was tight for a while but the Mount St Joseph offense was able to find holes in the Mustangs zone defense and pulled away in the second half to beat them by a score of 15-4.

Wyatt Koudelka looking for space.
Wyatt Koudelka looking for space.

Courtesy of Trabuco Hills Boys’ Lacrosse