Boys Lacrosse: North falls to Trinity in state semi-finals

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By Sam Draut

 The first appearance in the state semi-finals for North Oldham boys lacrosse ended in defeat. The Mustangs fell to Trinity (Louisville) 18-1 in Louisville May 15.

Trinity led the entire way and didn’t allowed a Mustang goal until late in the first half. North Oldham coach David Haas said reaching the state semi-finals is another step for the program.

“Getting this experience helps this become the standard,” Haas said. “Setting those expectations to find a way to get back, that becomes the new norm.”

Mustang goalkeeper Parker Congleton had a save 90 seconds after the opening faceoff, but Trinity continued to send shots toward the net.

“Parker [Congleton] made a couple really nice saves early on that saved some bad goals,” Haas said. “We can be a good team when we are playing fundamental defense.”

After being held scoreless for nearly five minutes, Gavin Noland had Trinity’s first goal on an assist from Dalton Hubbs. Trinity added a goal less than a minute later on a score by Hubbs.

Jacob Rayome scored with 5:12 left in the first quarter to extend Trinity’s advantage to three. Hubbs had the final goal of the first quarter with two-and-a-half minutes left in the opening period.

“They’re (Trinity) very good and they play at a speed,” Haas said. “It was about us focusing on ourselves and trying to be the best version of ourselves that we could be.”

Jacob Rogers and Hubbs scored for Trinity in the opening three minutes of the second quarter.

The Mustangs had their first clean look at the net with 7:23 left in the first half as Luke Hinton took a shot that missed wide.

Trinity followed with a flurry of goals that put the game out of reach.

Noland started the scoring with a shot that found the net with 6:57 left in the second quarter. Hubbs scored a minute later to give Trinity an 8-0 lead.

“They’re so athletic and we knew they were more athletic coming in,” Haas said.

Noland scored 30 seconds later and added another goal six seconds after for a 10-0 advantage. Hubbs and Noland each scored a goal apiece in the closing minutes of the first half to push Trinity’s lead to a dozen.

With 1:55 left in the second quarter, Jackson Anderson found Chase Hill for North Oldham’s first goal.

Rogers scored with 80 seconds left in the first half to give Trinity a 13-1 halftime advantage.

Trinity added two more goals in the third quarter with the 12-goal mercy rule running clock. Eli Hinton made three saves in goal for the Mustangs during the period.

Spencer Hinton led a transition attack in the final minute of the third quarter, but Trinity goalkeeper saved the ensuing shot. Trinity led 15-1 heading into the fourth quarter.