May 17th, 2019

Tigers Repeat in KSLL Defeating Trinity 15-6

Staff Report

Tigers Repeat in KSLL Defeating Trinity 15-6
St.X defeats Trinity 15-6/ photo by Tanner Demling

By Tanner Demling

The Tigers came out hot dominating every possession, and winning almost every ground ball battle, etc. They rode that wave of energy all game long and turned it into their second straight KSLL championship win.

Hillis Burns, Noah Malubay, and Will Hubbs led the way for St. Xavier with three goal each. Patrick Anderson also had two goals to add to the total as well.

Trinity was led by Dalton Hubbs with two goals while Blake Zupetz, Andrew Higdon, Will Warner, and Jacob Rogers each had a goal as well.

St. Xavier got the scoring started after a long opening possession that featured five shots. Noah Malubay put the Tigers on the board first with 10:14 in the first quarter. Hillis Burns scored one before a two goal run from Will Hubbs that gave St. Xavier their fourth of the game with just minutes left in the first quarter.

While St. Xavier dominated possession through the first quarter Trinity killed themselves with unforced turnovers, among other errors. The Shamrocks finally got a goal with seconds left in the first quarter as Dalton Hubbs took it right down the middle off of the faceoff.

Holding a 4-1 lead entering the second quarter St. Xavier seemed to have most of the energy on their side. The Shamrocks were able to chip a little bit of that energy away early in the second with Blake Zupetz scoring seconds into the period, putting it in the back of the net right off the faceoff.

The Tigers continued to dominate the possession game through the second as the trio of Pat Anderson, Hillis Burns, and Will Hubbs continued to shine, combining for all eight of St. Xavier’s first half goals.

Trinity was just unable to get anything going on offense as they made mistake after mistake. The one bright spot of the Shamrocks through the first half was goalie Jack McClellan who bailed out that lackluster defensive approach and saved a few fast break shots from St. Xavier off of Trinity turnovers.

With an 8-3 lead, St. Xavier continued to pile on in the second half. Harrison Pate got the second half scoring for the Tigers started early after some back-and-forth play on both ends of the field.

Trinity was able to get a little momentum back with a man-up goal coming from Dalton Hubbs with 5:54 in the third. The rest of the period was again dominated by St. Xavier as Malubay tallied his third and Will Hubbs got one in transition.

Both sides scored with under a minute to play in the third as Andrew Higdon scored for Trinity and Hillis Burns scored for St. Xavier, giving him a hat-trick.

After a Noah Malubay goal that put St. Xavier up 13-5 with 8:40 in the fourth the Tigers started to drain as much clock as they could. Trinity eventually gained possession and finally scored after a slew of shots missed the cage.

Baylor Wedge and Ben Hubbs each scored within in the last minute of the game to put in the dagger and secure the 15-6 win.


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