Perfection! Jesuit Claims 2021 Championship
After a season cancelled by Covid-19 and uncertainty coming into 2021, one team stayed the course, put in the work, and achieved perfection. That team is the Jesuit Blue Jays.
After an undefeated regular season, Jesuit traveled up I-49 to compete in the Final Four Championship held at Lee Hedges Stadium in Shreveport, LA where they won both their semi-final and ultimately the Championship game for the 2021 Season.
How it happened:
Semi-Final vs Lower Alabama
In yesterday's semi's, the Blue Jays found a way to score enough goals to win. Not the vintage high flying attack we've come to know, this game was much more methodical. Senior Attack Andrew Brown, as he's done all year long, was a wrecking machine. Scoring four of the Jesuit's eight goals, including the first two of the game, he put the team on his back and lead them to victory. On the defensive end, Max Milano was everywhere for the Blue Jays. Flying around gobbling up ground balls, playing great on ball d, and pushing transition, Milano anchored a defense that gave up only 4 goals until late in the game.
At the end, the Blue jays held off a late flurry to win 8-5. Special credit goes to Lower Alabama goalie Troy Capstraw, who made an incredible 26 saves this game. Without him in the net, the margin of victory could have been a lot more.
Championship vs. Catholic
A rematch for an early season meetup, Jesuit made some key changes. First, taking Milano off of close defense and using him exclusively at the face-off X to battle against the dangerous William Conger. Conger dominated Byrd last night and Head Coach Zach Pall likely didn't want to see a repeat of that performance. On the scoreboard, it was a difference brand of offense. Jesuit's offense was sparked by Senior Attack Evan Centola. Centola would finish the day with 4 goals and 2 assists. Just before halftime, Andrew Brown left with a gruesome arm injury and would not return. Jesuit utilized the next man up strategy and scoring shifted to middie Jack Unger. The combination of Centola and Unger would be too much for the Bears of Catholic High School to overcome. Jesuit won the game 12-8 capturing their sixth LHSLL championship
Final Four Championship Defensive MVP- Max Milano
Final Four Championship Offensive MVP- Evan Centola