Tim Brengel saw Holy Trinity’s lead shrinking, but he knew all it would take was a couple of well-placed shots to retake the momentum.
The junior netted back-to-back goals with 5:11 and 31.2 seconds left in the third quarter to give host Holy Trinity a four-goal cushion in an 8-7 boys lacrosse win over Kennedy Catholic (Somers) on Friday as the Titans earned their second consecutive CHSAA A intersectional title. He swept his stick across the turf in celebration after the first of the goals.
“We were in a slump and I knew we had to get back in the groove, so once I got that, it was a big reliever for our team,” said Brengel, who gave Holy Trinity an 8-4 lead with the second goal.
Kennedy Catholic’s Matt Clark scored with 2:43 left to make it 8-7. With the room for error closing again, Brengel didn’t lose faith.
“In the moment, we knew we could keep it together,” he said. “We got tired, but in the end, we knew how to keep going.”
Antonio DiLorenzo grabbed hold of a loose ball with 1:11 left, giving Holy Trinity (9-4) possession for a final time with a one-goal lead. He had one objective.
“All I was thinking about was getting up the field and getting this game over with,” he said. “That’s all I wanted to do.”
He passed to Sean Niland, who took the ball behind the opposition cage and held on to it for 30 seconds as Holy Trinity held off Kennedy (7-5).
Niland, who had three goals and took over a major role after playing on the junior varsity last season, didn’t want to leave anything to chance. “I heard some of my teammates saying pass and then my coach said hold on to it, so I decided to empty the tank and give it all I had,” Niland said.
Nick Whelan gave Holy Trinity a 2-1 lead with 1:42 left in the first quarter and had two goals and an assist as the Titans posted a 6-3 halftime lead.
“It really set the game for us,” Whelan said. “The momentum was there.”
And after the frenetic final minutes, so was another championship plaque.
Said DiLorenzo, “I was at the game last year, watching them win, and I wanted to see what it felt like to be a player and win this, and when it happened, it was a lot different than watching, I’ll tell you that.”