Chaminade's players were on a dual mission Thursday night. Of course they wanted to defeat their chief rival, St. Anthony's, in their final game with state and league boys lacrosse championships on the line. But they had history in mind, too, history that their coach tried to keep secret, and when that didn't work, tried to downplay.
Coach failed. His players did not.
Chaminade was dominant from start to finish in defeating St. Anthony's, 13-6, at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium to win its second consecutive Class AAA CHSAA and state championships. The Flyers also got venerable coach Jack Moran his 500th victory.
"We knew what was going on. We knew that this would be No. 500," said Jack Tigh, who had four goals and an assist. "Coach didn't say much. He stayed humble, and that kept us motivated."
Sean Cerrone had two goals and three assists and Sam Bonafede had three goals for Chaminade (13-3). "Coach only brought it up once," Cerrone said. "He said, 'Don't win this for me. Win it for yourselves.' "
Moran said of the Villanova-bound Cerrone, "He's a great player who will have a great college career. Some games we need five goals from him and he gets five. Some games we need him to distribute and he gets the ball to the right people."
The Flyers led 7-4 at halftime and put away the Friars (12-4) with a three-goal third quarter, including a rip from Bonafede on a feed from Carney Mahon (one goal, two assists) that made it 10-5.
"We really played great," Moran said. "Every time they scored, we scored, and we never let them get comfortable. You can't beat a team like Anthony's without a great team effort."
Of his milestone victory, Moran typically played it in the key of low.
"It's all about the kids. It's always about the kids," he said. "Five hundred is nice. It means I've been around for a long time. But we've had extraordinary talent here the last 20 years."
Referencing this weekend's NCAA Division I Final Four, which includes Duke, Denver, Maryland and Notre Dame, he proudly added, "Someone from Chaminade will win a national championship. We've got somebody on every team."
Someone who helped their old coach reach Thursday night's milestone.
Kellenberg Class AA champ.Kyle Quinn scored five goals to lead Kellenberg to a 13-6 victory over Holy Trinity in the CHSAA Class AA championship game at Shuart Stadium. The Firebirds (10-8) will play the NYC CHSAA champions on Tuesday for the "AA" Division Intersectional championship. Larry Niland scored three goals for Holy Trinity (3-15).