After falling five places in the US Lacrosse\Coaches’ Poll on Monday, Servite responded by playing perhaps their best game of the season. With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Friars came up with a much needed win by defeating Trinity League rival JSerra 15-13. Kyle Cartwright (4g, 2a) and Chase Anderson (3g, 2a) stepped up with a combined seven goals to help put their team in sole possession of second place in the Trinity League.
The Friars eeked out a first quarter advantage when Cartwright scored his first goal with 34 seconds left to break a 2-2 deadlock. Up to that point it had been the Emerson Roth-Brock McClure show. Roth (4g, 1a) and Mclure (2g) scoring two apiece.
Riding the momentum of Cartwright’s late goal, the Friars exploded for six more in the second quarter. Showing their depth, four different Friars found the back of the net. Cartwright scored two more, Anderson added two, and Austin Felix (1g, 1a) and Stephen Shatynski (2g, 1) each added one to give Servite a 9-5 lead at halftime. Matt Karzak (5g), Miraglia (1g), and Roth scored for JSerra.
Both teams came out fighting in the third quarter, scoring four goals apiece. The Lions struggled to narrow the lead, but each time Servite responded. with each team scoring four goals. Karzak and Vincent Cifarelli attempted to put Servite back on there heels when they combined to score three goals in less than a minute but Servite punched right back with goals from Cole Brennan (1g), Jack Brennan (1g, 1a), Jon Farina-Morelos (1g), and Shatynski. A late goal from Roth left the score at 13-9 Servite with 12 minutes left to play.
JSerra’s kept kept fighting until the end with Karzak scoring twice and Cifarelli and Roth each adding one more, but it was not to be. Cartwright and Anderson capped off their big nights with one more goal each to keep the game out of reach and secure the 15-13 victory.
Afterward Servite coach Tom O’Leary put the importance of the game in perspective “The boys have been focused on their individual roles to help strengthen our team as a whole. Team dynamic plays a key role to being successful and every young man brings something different to the table. The players have a better sense of understanding and confidence in how they help the team.
This confidence has raised the bar for our level of competition. JSerra is always a formidable team and they showed it yesterday. Our biggest assets yesterday was our riding ability, and quick ball movement. Several broken clears lead to goals for us. That scrappy style of play is the attitude and desire to compete that is expected from Servite.
We have unfortunately been a bubble team the past two seasons missing playoffs by one spot both times. The boys will stop at nothing to make sure that does not happen this year.”
Next up: Servite hosts Beckman on Saturday. JSerra hosts Mater Dei on Tuesday.