STM Cougars preparing for State Lacrosse Championship

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LAFAYETTE, La. – This weekend at St. Thomas More High School, the lacrosse state championship will take place and the Cougars are hoping to play for it.


The last time the Cougars won the state championship, they were back to back victories first in 2010 and then in 2011.

The last time they competed in the semi-final, was last year and they fell to St. Paul. 

Now, they’re looking to finish what they started.

“We want some revenge,” said Senior Captain Cade Hernandez.

The STM Cougars have their sights set on the state championship game this weekend. 

“Don’t count us out,” explained Cade, “just because we’re from the south doesn’t mean we’re not as good as the kids up north.”

The boys will take on Loyola on Saturday and while they defeated them earlier in the season, 12-5, they’re not letting their guard down.

“We’re going into this game like we’re playing the best team we’ve ever faced all year,” said Head Coach Byrnes Tatford, “We got everything on the line, we win or go home and so hopefully we can pull this off and survive and advance and play on Sunday for a championship.”

Hernandes has seen this team grow for four years, but believes there’s something special about this group of guys. 

“The past few years we were just kind of playing together, we were just teammates,” he said, “Now, this year, we go out after every game, we eat together, we have brodowns at peoples houses we just hangout a lot more so we’re more of a family.”

The team will face Loyola at STM in the semi-final on Saturday at 4pm.

The state championship is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday. 

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