The Newnan Times-Herald


Trinity lacrosse ready to stick around

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 02, 2018 - 4:54 AM


Timing is everything. With a state finalist in football and baseball, a five-time champion in volleyball as well as two basketball programs that have now appeared in Final Fours over consecutive years, Trinity Christian seems as ready as ever to make a challenging leap to the Georgia High School Association next fall.

But its boys lacrosse team might be the one to set the standard this spring.

Rare is it that a first-year program has the talent to hit the ground running in a sport that remains in its infancy less than 20 years at the youth level and just 10 among varsity programs in Coweta County.

Yet, Trinity teams may still be poised for immediate success under girls head coach Lauren Soulon and boys head coach Scott Price after choosing to start varsity play a year earlier than expected.

Following Tuesday's boys opener, both teams head to Darlington on Friday before hosting Whitewater on Monday.

A 22-2 victory in Thursday's season opener for the Lions over another first-year program, Our Lady Of Mercy, most likely won't be the norm, with OLM's stick skills more similar to the learning stage of the sport that Coweta County programs

felt back in their inaugural campaigns in 2007-08.

Trinity's boys expect tougher tests with the trip to Darlington followed by Monday's showdown at home against Whitewater.

'That will be a battle,' Price said. 'We're going to see where we stand.'

The opener was smooth sailing. Led by sophomore Tanner Price's 10 goals and five from junior Zach Jones - two All-South Metro First Team players at McIntosh last season - Trinity was in fast forward during a first win that immediately got out of hand, leading 10-0 after the opening period.

Price, who is a longtime youth coach in Fayette County also helped previously lead McIntosh's feeder program in the late 2000s when the varsity program was dominating a GHSA Area alignment that included East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate.

He expects the lacrosse roots built over the last decade in the neighboring counties to be an immediate benefit.

'We were lucky to get a tuneup against [OLM]. They'll come along. [But] we're on a different level for a first-year program,' Price said. 'We have guys like Zach and Tanner out here who can play with anybody in the state. We have [other] kids who have never picked up a lacrosse stick. So our practices are all over the map, trying to keep those studs and beginners together. We've had three weeks of practice, about 11 times on the field so at times it was sloppy.'

Trinity's lacrosse lineup got a boost, much like this year's GISA football state finalists, from an influx of transfers that put their faith in a growing campus that has a separate high school building under construction just up the hill from its home field, which itself was just a plot of land prior to 2011.

Many of the same faces from the Lions' football successes will again be involved. They include Alex Seymour, the lone senior on the roster, and younger brother Zach, who each earned All-Region Football honors during an 11-3 season that was finished than 10 yards shy of winning a state title under first-year head coach Kenny Dallas.

Jones, an All-State safety, and Price are also among 12 players on both the lacrosse and football rosters in 2017-18.

'Those two sports really sync together,' Coach Price said. 'We had all these kids transfer for football, so I felt there's my wealth of lacrosse kids.'

Maybe more important in the growth of varsity lacrosse teams, is an already established middle school program.

'Middle school is the key,' Price said. 'Our middle school has 14 eighth graders that all could be playing [varsity] now. We've also got seven seventh-graders and six sixth-graders who made the middle school program and all of them can throw and catch.'

>span class="Fid_14">'We're going to be a fun team to watch,' Price said. 'We're thin on the bench, but we can go.'

Up top on attack, Price scored from all angles in Tuesday's win, including a pair while on the ground,

while joined by Seymour and Ben Easley, who scored three times among four Lions that recorded hat tricks.

>span class="Fid_14"> game on odd-man rushes.

'Zach moves the ball up and down like a gazelle and Tanner sticks it in the cage and feeds it,' Price said. 'But we've filled in around them with kids who can play and catch.'

Danny Baird dominated on draws and was penciled in among Trinity's first midfield trio with Eli Rivers.

Defensively, Zach Seymour, Davis McMurrian and Jayson Marx are joined by long-stick midfielder Gabe Carroll. Freshman Logan Lundy starts the year in goal.

>span class="Fid_14">'We're going to be a fun team to watch,' Price said. 'We're thin on the bench, but we can go.'

Trinity expects to be grouped in an area that will include all four Fayette schools along with Union Grove and Eagle's Landing Christian when the new reclassification period by the GHSA is finalized in all sports. But the Lions seem confident to be among playoff contenders from day one.

'We're going to be around for years to come, that's the fun part of it,' Price said. 'Our goal next year is to contend for a state playoff spot in year one.'