The Academy wishes its friends and benefactors a Blessed Easter! Lent ended most beautifully here on campus with the observance of the Sacred Triduum. These holy services were celebrated in their fullness along with the offices of Tenebrae. A few glimpses of these great ceremonies appear below. We pray that the peace of Christ be with you and our school, now and throughout the Paschal Season.
On the Feast of St. Joseph, the Lions enjoyed a great rugby day against the Chicago-area Neuqua Valley Wildcats in the second annual Rugby Illinois North-South Cup. The Varsity Lions kept the cup home, defeating the Wildcats 38-17. The match was hard-fought, but the unrelenting Lions offense outmatched their opponents with three tries scored by junior outside center Richard Mailand, and a try each scored by junior scrum half Sean Fitzpatrick, senior flanker Ryan Gallagher, and senior winger John Wernowsky. Fullback Matthew Fonte converted four of the six tries. The Junior Varsity and Developmental squads played tough matches as well, but suffered disappointing defeats by the Wildcats with a JV score of 17-29 (tries scored by John Borrello, Egan Quain, and Eddie Jemison, one converted by James Roth) and a Developmental score of 14-32 (tries scored by Bryan Romero and Jay Janis and converted by Luke Spencer).
Saturday, March 12th, the La Salette Lions Varsity rugby team won its season opener against Fishers High School (IN) with a final score of 26-10. Though the Lions generally controlled the match, Fishers came out strong in the first half, surprising the Lions a bit with their intensity and discipline, and holding the Lions to a single try (scored by senior John Wernowsky) converted by senior and captain, Joseph Brauner. The score was a tight 7-5 at the close of the first half. However, by the second half, the Lions had cleared out some of the cobwebs, and tries scored by junior outside center Richard Mailand, senior fly-half Ryan Gallagher, and senior fullback Matthew Fonte, and two more conversions by Brauner gave the Varsity boys a convincing victory. The Junior Varsity lost a hard-fought nail-biter to Fishers’ second team, with a final score of 17-18, and the Lions’ third team lost what was, for most of the players, their first rugby match, with a final score of 22-5.