Robert Rozboril, Sun News, April 18, 2013 3:50 p.m.

Players from Padua and Holy Name compete for possession of the ball during a match up. – (COURTESY OF TOM HAMZIK)

In the past two decades, lacrosse has become the fastest growing sport in high schools throughout the country.

Parma’s two Catholic high schools, Padua and Holy Name, have worked to embrace the trend in recent years.

It hasn’t been an easy task however.

“Lacrosse is such a newer sport so a lot of our kids are learning it as they’re competing,” said Padua Head Coach Christopher Davis.

Davis said he has tried showing film of established lacrosse teams, similar to the way a football coach will do for their team. He said it has done a lot to help his players get better and become more competitive.

The Bruins boys lacrosse team reached the playoffs for the first time last year where they lost to Bay Village.

Much to the Bruins displeasure, they opened the 2013 season with a loss to Bay.

At Holy Name, interim Head Coach Mike Sullivan said while it’s a struggle having players who are still learning the game, the program is headed in the right direction.

“The numbers are good. It just becomes a matter of getting more lacrosse players rather than players who are just trying out the sport,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan is the assistant principal at Holy Name and has a background coaching soccer, cross country and track.

“I’m just filling in this year until our coach from last year finishes his work at Baldwin Wallace,” Sullivan said.

The Green Wave team that won its first playoff game last year is missing their three top scorers from last year who graduated.

Despite being light on experience, Sullivan is optimistic for the future of the 4-year-old Holy Name program, as is Davis whose program is around the same age.

“We’ve already played the toughest schedule we’ve ever played,” Davis said about his Bruins team. “I’m very optimistic about the future of the program.”

Both teams were scheduled to square off April 11 but the game was cancelled. They are scheduled to meet April 18 at Padua.

“It’s one big Catholic school versus the other big Catholic school,” Davis said. “No matter what records we’re both going to play hard and see what happens.”