This past weekend was St. Louis U. High’s turn to host the annual Father Marco Cup, which has been a rich part of St. Louis lacrosse tradition for the past eight years, pitting SLUH and DeSmet against each other in an exhibition match for charity.
The Cup match began in 2005, initiated by Mike Sennett, the sort-of grandfather of lacrosse in the city of St. Louis.
The proceeds of the game went to the HEADstrong Foundation, an organization that supports finding a cure for blood cancer, and a $500 grant went to the Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club to start a lacrosse program.
Both teams donned flashy electric-green shooting shirts, shoelaces, and socks—the colors of HEADstrong—in honor of the game.
The unrelenting Jr. Bills found their Spartan opponents to be no match, beating them 15-5. Senior Thomas Place scored a hat trick.
“What better way to tie up the Cup”—SLUH is now 4-4 in the Fr. Marco Cup— “and to bring it home three years running,” said Fr. Marco.