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St. Thomas Academy buries Holy Angels in 12-1 rout

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 04/12/19, 11:00AM CDT

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Luke Williams scored five goals and notched an assist for the Cadets in their season-opening victory.

St. Thomas Academy's Luke Williams catches a pass early in the third quarter against Holy Angels. Williams had five goals in the the Cadets' 12-1 victory over the Stars in Richfield Friday night. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

St. Thomas Academy's Luke Williams catches a pass early in the third quarter against Holy Angels. Williams had five goals in the the Cadets' 12-1 victory over the Stars in Richfield Friday night. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

McClain Beaudette was not planning to play lacrosse for St. Thomas Academy this spring.

Having not played the sport since eighth grade, Beaudette was considering another spring sport after his hockey season with the Cadets came to a close.

However, the lacrosse team had a problem. With last year's goalie William Herzog out with a torn ACL suffered during last fall's football season, they needed a player. And once they found out Beaudette had experience, they began lobbying.

"I was actually going to run track this year," Beaudette said. "But two weeks before the season started, they said, 'We don't really have a goalie.'"

Fast forward a few weeks, Beaudette's 11 saves clinched a near-shutout as St. Thomas Academy (1-0) started its season with a 12-1 victory over Holy Angels (0-1) on Friday at the Academy of Holy Angels StarDome.

St. Thomas Academy goalie McCain Beaudette held Holy Angels to a single goal in the Cadets' season-opening 12-1 victory Friday night. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

St. Thomas Academy goalie McCain Beaudette held Holy Angels to a single goal in the Cadets' season-opening 12-1 victory Friday night. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

St. Thomas Academy started its 2018 campaign with consecutive losses, which wound up being its only defeats in the regular season.

This year, the Cadets didn’t have to wait as long to record their first win.

St. Thomas Academy (1-0) limited Holy Angels to just one goal while senior attackman Luke Williams scored five goals and recorded an assist in the Cadets’ 12-1 season-opening victory on Friday night at the Academy of Holy Angels StarDome.

McClain Beaudette, playing his first game in goal for St. Thomas Academy, made 11 saves in the victory. Lleyton Hornig scored twice.

Max O'Connell scored the lone goal for Holy Angels (0-1).

Holy Angels senior Jack Hendrickson tries to elude two St. Thomas Academy defenders Friday night. The Stars fell to the Cadets 12-1. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Holy Angels senior Jack Hendrickson tries to elude two St. Thomas Academy defenders Friday night. The Stars fell to the Cadets 12-1. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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