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Not Today – Today Was Different

2017 LHSLL Championship Final Score

In six of the last seven years, the St. Paul’s Wolves played their last game of the season against the Jesuit Bluejays. In five of those years, the Bluejays walked off the field as victors. Four times the Bluejays walked off as LHSLL State Champions leaving the Wolves as runners up, wondering what it would take to win a championship. But not today – today was different.

The Louisiana High School Lacrosse League Championship matched the St. Paul’s Wolves against the Jesuit Bluejays at St. Thomas More Cougar Stadium in Lafayette, LA. The Bluejays, winners of the last five state championships had defeated the Loyola Flyers 6-5 in their semifinal match on Saturday. The Wolves had gotten by St. Thomas More 9-6 in their semifinal to earn their place in the Championship. The Bluejays were looking for their sixth consecutive LHSLL championship. But not today – today was different.

Today the Wolves got the second of two fourth quarter goals from senior attackman Ryan Flood with 2:34 on the clock to go up 10-8. The celebration was short lived as Jesuit’s All State attackman Noah Martin brought the Bluejays within one with his second goal of the quarter with 1:47 remaining. With under 20 seconds to play, Martin’s shot from the right wing appeared to catch Wolves’ goalkeeper Liam Ordoyne out of position against a game tying shot. But not today – today was different. Ordoyne, the LHSLL All State Goalkeeper, was able to recover enough to make the save and preserve the 10-9 Wolves’ win.

Ordoyne was named the games Most Outstanding Defensive Player for his 10 saves. St. Paul’s sophomore attackman Chris Flood was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player for his actions as “quarterback” of the Wolves’ offensive attack. Flood finished the game with two goals and an assist.

The Wolves were led in scoring by senior attackman Dylan Futrell with two goals and two assists. Both assists were on Ryan Flood’s two fourth quarter goals. Senior midfielder Eli Crosby added three goals while senior midfielder Al Satches added one goal.

Ordoyne’s help on defense was led by senior All State Defenseman Kevin Katich who had the unenviable task of guarding Jesuit’s Martin. Katich finished with three forced turnovers and three ground balls. Ordoyne, Crosby, and defensive midfielder William Murphy each scooped up four ground balls to lead the Wolves. Crosby was outstanding at the faceoff X going 11 of 18.

Jesuit was led by Martin, attackman Michael Smart, and midfielder Parker Simoneaux with two goals each.

The Wolves had to overcome 11 penalties for 7:30 total penalty time. Jesuit was flagged with just two penalties totaling 1:30.

With the win, the Wolves finish the season with a 16-1 record, their lone loss coming against the Christian Brothers Purple Wave in Memphis back on March 4. Jesuit ends their season with an 9-6 record.

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