May 15th, 2019

Sophomores shine as St. Xavier coasts by South Oldham, 18-2

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Sophomores shine as St. Xavier coasts by South Oldham, 18-2
Tigers advance State Finals/ photo by Nate Bryan

By Nate Bryan

St. Xavier didn't need to rely on their stars Wednesday night against South Oldham. Some unheralded Tigers took care of business just fine.
While St. Xavier's seven KSLL All-State selections performed fine, the Tigers got plenty of offensive production elsewhere in an 18-2 rout of the Dragons in the KSLL's late state semifinal at Trinity's Marshall Stadium.
St. Xavier (20-3), the consensus No. 1 team in the state in three computer ratings (MaxPreps, Inside Lacrosse and LaxNumbers) moves on to Friday 6 p.m. final against Trinity (16-4). It will be a rematch from the 2019 regular season (a 10-9 St. Xavier win) and the 2018 state final (a 12-4 Tigers victory).
Sophomores Colin Lococo and Noah Mulaby combined for three goals and two assists in the first half and both recorded a point inside the first four minutes. Mulaby's goal 91 seconds into the match got the Tigers off and running, while Lococo scored off an assist from senior Patrick Anderson to make it 3-0 in the fourth minute. Anderson had just scored an unassisted goal in the third minute.
Mulaby had back-to-back assists 44 seconds apart to All-State sophomore Hillis Burns and All-State attacker Will Hubbs to help the Tigers, ranked in the top 110 nationally by MaxPreps, enter the second period up 7-0 already.
Anderson found Lococo in the 17th minute to make it 9-0, while Mulaby scored the first goal of the second half to make it 13-0.
South Oldham attacker Cole Cercone scored an unassisted goal with 1:04 left in the third quarter to break up St. Xavier's shutout. Noah Stallard added a 39th-minute goal for the Dragons.
Eleven Tigers had a point (goal or assist). Will Hubbs (four goals, two assists) was involved in six goals, while Burns (four goals) and Mulaby (two goals, two assists) were involved in four goals each. Anderson (one goal, two assist) and Lococo (two goals, one assist) contributed to three goals apiece, while Ben Hubbs (one goal, one assist) was involved in two.
Ben Bond, Gus Cutting, Miles Mitzlaff and Harrison Pate had one goal each for the Tigers and Cam Johnson had one assist

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