Boys lacrosse charges into spring season

Sports

The boys lacrosse team started their season with a new coach and youthful energy.

The boys lacrosse team started off their season with a team trip to Florida over march break.

They had fun and at the same time practiced hard for their upcoming season. “The trip was a great bonding experience as the kids spent time with their teammates in a different atmosphere,” Head Coach Brett Garber said. “The kids had fun while training for the season.”

The team had an early season scrimmage against Hall High School on Friday, March 29.

The team fought hard and tied the game. “The team’s offensive was good that game,” junior goalkeeper Owen Jakacky said, “But the team steal needs to improve on passing and catching.”

The team had their first game on Saturday, April 6 against Greens Farms Academy.

The boys fought hard and with heart but couldn’t muster out a win and lost 10-1. Freshman goalie Arthur Smith had a lot of impressive saves.

Sophomore midfielder Chris Sienko said that the team could do a better job clearing the ball.

The boys then faced Canterbury School.

They fought and battled their best but did not come out with a win, falling 12-1. “Smith played really well,” junior midfielder Nick Traver said. “He scored our only goal.”

The boys then faced Forman School on April 12 and won 9-2.

Coach Garber said that the strength of the team is the two defensive senior Captains Mike Aronson and Jack Cavo.

Jackacky said he agreed that the team has a great defense, led by the two senior captains.

“The defense is flexible and adapts  quickly,” Jakacky said.

Coach Garber said that the team’s goal is to be the best the team can be and stay focused during games.

“A goal of ours is making sure that in games we don’t lose focus and effectively implement what is learned in practice,” Coach Garber said.

The goal for the boys lacrosse team is to simply win the most games possible and be better than last year.

The team this year has a great balance of players.

The team is young this year compared to previous years. There are currently 11 freshmen on the team and this makes physicality and size an issue for the team as middle school lacrosse is very different from high school lacrosse.

Physicality will come with experience for the younger players. “We have a bright future with all the young talent,” Aronson said.

Jackacky mentioned that the team’s attack is better than last years and that there is a great team bonding, partly due to the Florida trip over March break.

Aronson said that the team could work on communication.

Overall, this year’s boys varsity lacrosse team is in great shape for the season and is optimistic for the future.

“I want to give the team the best opportunity to win and just get better,” Coach Garber said. “I want to make sure that the team concepts are good and that they have a positive season which is fun to coach.”

The team faces a number of teams in the upcoming week (Rye Country Day School on Monday, April 22, Hamden Hall Country Day School on April 24, and King School on Sat. April 27).  

The team is preparing for the competition ahead which means practicing hard.  They look forward to these games and playing hard teams this year.