Trinity Catholic dreaming big

It was probably just as well that the electronic scoreboard didn’t work Saturday at the Trinity Catholic at Stamford High boys lacrosse game.
Stamford High’s 14-0 triumph over intracity rival Trinity Catholic had an air of inevitability from the opening faceoff to the final horn.
There was no need for the scoreboard to belabor the point for 48 minutes.
While Trinity Catholic still searches for its first victory after eight games of the 2012 FCIAC regular season, Crusaders head coach Dannel Malloy won’t be detered from dreaming big dreams down the road for Trinity’s boys lacrosse program.
“I happy with the performance of our kids. Regardless of what the scoreboard says,” Malloy said. “We began the season with the largest roster we’ve ever had. And we will finish this season with the most kids we’ve ever had. Returning players and returning veterans in my mind that’s my biggest victory this season.”
Building a boys lacrosse program in a league as strong as the FCIAC is a daunting challenge for Westhill, Stamford and Trinity Catholic.
And of the trio, Trinity Catholic is the furthest behind in the race.
The Crusaders are the only FCIAC school without a junior varsity boys lacrosse team. This means that players who are new to the sport of lacrosse have nowhere to learn their trade at their own speed or make mistakes that have no cost.
The Crusaders are also handicapped by the lack of an artificial turf at the school for use both in-season and out of season.
Trinity Catholic’s smaller enrollment as a private high school and therefore lower number of boys lacrosse candidates doesn’t deter Malloy.
“We have 32 kids on our varsity roster. Probably half of them are new to the sport of lacrosse,” Malloy said. “Building that junior varsity squad that is our next step.”
Also making this process harder for Westhill, Stamford and Trinity Catholic is the current numbers being generated at the Stamford Youth Lacrosse level aren’t significant enough to feed a system where the aforementioned three schools plus King School plus St. Luke’s School of New Canaan are all looking for lacrosse players.
“I spent five years with the Stamford Youth Lacrosse program. I see promise on the horizon,” Malloy said.
The promise could revolve around the fact that as a private school with an enhanced academic reputation, Trinity Catholic can draw kids in from all over Fairfield County and even Westchester County.
Malloy can offer minutes of playing time as more parents realize that lacrosse scholarships for college can work as well as football or basketball college scholarships.
Westhill and Stamford are limited to kids who live in their defined school districts.
King School, as a private institution that teaches Grades 1-12, has taken the approach of having a middle school boys lacrosse program to develop athletes for that sport.
That is an avenue Trinity Catholic could explore if it had an artificial turf field for year-round use.
Success in the world of FCIAC boys lacrosse — even on a medium scale — never mind the decades it took for Darien, New Canaan and Wilton to get to the penthouse they currently reside in, takes time.
But Malloy says he is committed for the long haul.
“I’m optimistic,” Malloy said. “I’ve been involved in lacrosse in the Stamford area for too many years (eight) not to think we can build something special here at Trinity Catholic.”

Rich DePreta