Chaminade’s loss in title game fails to dampen spirits


The players, coach and enthusiastic supporters of the Chaminade lacrosse team remained upbeat even after a 16-5 loss to Mary Institute-Country Day School (MICDS) in the state championship game May 27 at Lindenwood University. The second-place finish in the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association was a big accomplishment for the Red Devils, who were expected to be middle-of-the-road this season.

De Smet players’ approach to lacrosse helps pile up wins


Senior midfielder Drew Brown finds playing lacrosse at De Smet Jesuit High School to be a rewarding part of his day.

"At practice, it's two hours of our day that we don't have to think about anything else," said Brown, a captain headed to the University of South Carolina as a microbiology major in the Capstone Scholars Program. "It gives me a break from all my school work and college (preparation), all that stuff outside of lacrosse.

"It may not be easy during practice, but it's rewarding."

He especially enjoys camaraderie with his teammates, whom he calls "my brothers."

Trust, fun had role in Priory lacrosse’s success


Putting trust and fun together brings a team a long way, as the Priory High School lacrosse team found out this year.

Priory won its first Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association championship May 28, defeating O'Fallon (Ill.) in double-overtime 7-6 on a goal by Daniel Kacmarek, a junior, for the Division 2 title.

Girls lacrosse has action-packed, thrilling moments

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Villa Duchesne co-captains Louise Keefer, center, and Molly Walsh, right, pressured Nerinx Hall’s Lindsay Morrow in the first half of a lacrosse game April 5. Villa Duchesne won 9-8.

Villa Duchesne and Nerinx Hall teams showed April 5 that girls high school lacrosse provides plenty of action-packed, thrilling plays by well-conditioned, talented athletes.

Louise Keefer scored five times as Villa Duchesne held on for a 9-8 victory after Nerinx roared back from a 6-2 halftime deficit to make it close. The win was Villa Duchesne's first of the season after two losses.

St. Joseph's Academy wins lacrosse state title

The St. Joseph's Academy lacrosse team won the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association Class 2 girls championship May 23 with an 11-10 win over Cor Jesu. The win was the school's first title in lacrosse.

Clare Goessling scored with 7 seconds left for the win. Jackie Karl had three players guarding her when she made the pass to Goessling, who was open in front of the net.

At a time out just before the goal, St. Joseph's coach, Jennifer Bisch asked her players to "lay it all on the line" and her players said, "we can do this."

FAITHFUL FAN | Athletes' community spirit often begins at the high school level

Joseph Kenny

Whether highly publicized or quietly, many professional athletes are active in charitable efforts in their communities, donating time or money.

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