Vikings share CCL Blue title
Half a piece is better than none at all.
That’s true whether the object in question is a baked good or baseball title. And it was an opinion shared by St. Laurence players and coaches in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Brother Rice.
That defeat put the Vikings in danger of a runner-up finish within the Chicago Catholic League Blue. But Mt. Carmel, which had fallen twice to the Vikings in earlier matchups, did them a favor by knocking off arch-rival St. Rita in another Saturday clash.
Thus, St. Laurence was guaranteed a slice of the championship pie, which it shared with the Mustangs. The Vikings (26-4, 13-3) bagged at least a piece of the Catholic Blue crown for the third time in four seasons. They won it outright in 2013.
“It’s not the most ideal way to win a conference championship, but we’ll take it,” St. Laurence coach Pete Lotus said with a chuckle. “Luckily, Mt. Carmel came through for us. Our game was done in probably an hour-and-a-half, but we still had guys around because it was our Alumni Day.
“This is always our first goal and I’m really proud of our guys. Once you get past the frustration of not playing the way we’re capable [on Saturday], you realize it’s a great accomplishment [to win the championship].”
And, as Lotus pointed out, the Vikings actually had to come from behind after losing a game to De La Salle several weeks ago. The Meteors handed St. Laurence its only other shutout of the spring.