SILVER SPRING TWP. — As head coach Dave Heisey just escaped a drenching from the Gatorade cooler, cheers and hollers could be heard from the Trinity team.
This Shamrocks squad has done what no other has done before it: make it to the PIAA Class 2A Boys Lacrosse Championships.
To make it to this spot, however, was not an easy task.
In a District 3 Class 2A fifth-place game at Eagle View Middle School on Thursday night, No. 2 (15-5) York Catholic kept the No. 4 (15-6) Shamrocks on their toes. It was much closer than the 17-12 final score would have it appear.
“It’s awesome, it’s awesome,” Heisey said. “(We talked about it all morning), making history — 15 wins is history, making states is history. We started out tight again. I think our guys were nervous and they didn’t want to screw this up. The best way to screw something up is to think about it too much, but I think Brendan (Tribeck) and Danny Scott really took over that second half.”
Trinity took a 5-3 lead into the second quarter, but the first also ended with another milestone. Tribeck’s assist on Lance Smith’s goal with just under two minutes remaining in the first gave him his 114th point, breaking the program’s single-season record for points. He wasn’t done there either. Tribeck notched a total of six points in the game, giving him a grand total of 118 points so far.
“It’s a big accomplishment, but I mean, I would take away all those points to make it a win to get to states,” Tribeck said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. It was a complete team effort — they make me look a lot better.”
Like Tribeck, every member of the Trinity squad seemed to be helping in a team effort like a well-oiled machine. A few slip-ups left Trinity down 7-6 at the half, but everyone seemed to calm down going into the third quarter after a Reilly Oliverio goal less than two minutes after intermission.
Scott gave Trinity the lead 8-7 before Dimitri Amalfitano tied it up with 7:33 to go.
And Shamrocks goaltender Josh Miller made up for some slips in net with an impressive play at the midfield line at the five-minute mark. As Miller carried the ball to midfield, a YC player got a stick under him and tripped him, causing him to drop the ball. But it bounced right to teammate Payden Masaracchia, who recovered the loose ball and stormed to the net, ripping a hard shot past Samuel Shinsky to give Trinity a 10-8 advantage
“Every time we play (York Catholic) it’s like a playoff game,” Heisey said. “We expected that from them. They were the two seed coming in and they got upset early, so they had a lot to prove, too.”
Eli Doyle, who finished with five goals for the Irish, helped them do just that.
With 1:25 to go in the third quarter, Doyle shot a quick one past Miller to tie the game 10-10, one of multiple ties on the night. It happened to be the last one.
Oliviero’s third goal, another from Tribeck and goals from Danny Tare and Scott moved gave the Shamrocks a commanding 14-10 lead with 5:30 remaining in the game.
It was all they’d need, only expanding the lead in the final minutes. Trinity came up with one last defensive stand inside a minute to play, with Hake in possession and the crowd roaring to secure the final score.
Trinity is now on to its first ever state appearance, and the Shamrocks are looking for a long run.
“I did not think we’d be playing in the fifth-place game, I kinda hoped we’d be playing for the district championship or at least third or fourth,” Tribeck said. “But after (the quarterfinal loss) to Eastern York the seniors got up and we talked for 30 minutes and said what we wanted out of the season. These last two games we came out firing and playing with a lot of fun.”
There’s also something else the Shamrocks are looking for.
“We’re just going to have fun, let loose and maybe we’ll pull a ‘Miracle on Ice’ Part 2,” Heisey said with Tribeck letting out a few laughs in the background.