By Joe Konze
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News —
BUFFALO — The St. Joe's lacrosse team exceeded expectations this season, finishing in the top 10 of Monsignor Martin for the second year in a row and snapping a 49-game win streak by rival Bishop-Timon.
With seven seniors graduating at the conclusion of the season, there was only thing on the collective mind of the Marauders Wednesday afternoon: win a league title.
However, the Marauders (11-4, 8-2 MMA) fell to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1 MMA), 18-8 to end the season, struggling to find an answer for Tigers attack Connor Fields.
"We knew what they were trying to do and we were trying to stop it from happening," said St. Joe's coach Peter Hudecki. "I think on settled offense we did a great job against but when the ball hit the ground and they picked it up and moved it real quick, we were a little bit slow to react to it, and I think that is what hurt us."
Just before halftime, St. Joe's began to find its way back into the game with two goals in 46 seconds to cut the lead to 10-4. The aggressiveness of the team would continue into the second half as it put pressure on Timon in the opening minutes, setting up a few scoring opportunities.
But that would quickly wear off as Tigers midfielder Bill Coppola released a blistering shot to give his team a 11-4 lead, effectively swinging the momentum in Timon's favor for good.
"We just wanted to play our game. We thought if we play our game, no one can really beat us around here," said Timon coach Mike Burke. "We wanted to make sure we were moving the ball and playing good defense."
Midfielder/Attack Mark Nasca finished the day for the Marauders with three goals.
With much excitement surrounding the team from this season, the Marauders will look to build off their success in hopes to be in contention for another regular season championship next year.
"This year we held 24, who knows next year we can hold up to as many as 30," Hudecki said. "It depends on who wants it."