LACROSSE: Loyola 11 Byrd 10

Shreveport Lacrosse goes March Madness

  • Joel Rodgers
  • Loyola's Will Weaver celebrates after scoring a goal against Byrd

March Madness is everywhere, including the lacrosse field.

On Thursday night, two of the better lacrosse programs in North Louisiana faced off at Loyola’s Messmer Stadium. The Byrd Yellow Jackets and the Loyola Flyers. Two teams loaded with next level talent, and backed by great coaching. Byrd’s head coach Michael Pabst leads a really good yellow jacket team, and early on they were dominate.

The buzz was in the air as the jackets jumped out to a 6-3 halftime lead. Byrd’s Caden Shanklin, Nick Irwin, and Ezra Terry were able to oppose their will in the first half.

At halftime Loyola head coach John Sella challenged his team to come out and play with more intensity, they did.

Loyola was able to tie the game 9-9 on a buzzer beating shot by junior Will Weaver as seconds counted down in the third quarter.

The Flyers was then able to lean solid play by Clay Holmes, Cole Ballard, and Will Weaver and finish the game with by scoring 2 points in the fourth quarter, Byrd scored 1.

Final score 11-10.

An incredible game that I’d love to see again, and again…. and again.



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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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