Boys lacrosse works hard to finish strong

Sports

Although the boys varsity lacrosse team has a record of 2-10, the team has stuck together and continued to battle hard as a group.

The Wyverns started the season with two losses against a couple of very tough opponents in Green Farms Academy and The Canterbury School.

The Wyverns learned a lot in their first two games, led by senior defender Co-captain Jack Cavo.

The team continued to work hard in practice and get better everyday despite their 0-2 start.

Friday, April 12, the Wyverns would play their third straight away game against Forman School. The hard work and dedication paid off due to the Wyverns 8-2 victory in their first win of the season.

“We had a really hard and focused week of practice, so when the game started we were ready to get it done,” sophomore attack Justin Edwards said.

On Monday, April 22, The Wyverns had a matchup against a very tough opponent: Rye Country Day School.

The Wyverns would not end up with the victory, but they played very hard. “A lot of good things came out of that game,” Edwards said.

The boys had a string of challenging opponents, losing 11-4 to Hamden Hall on April 24 and 10-4 to King on April 27.

After losing to St. Luke’s 11-7 and The Gunnery 13-3, the boys came out ready to secure a victory on Senior Day.

And, win they did. The team played their Senior Day game home against Nonnewaug High School, securing a 12-0 win. The team notched more goals in this game than in any other season game. Sophomore Conor Caneday started in goal and earned his first shutout, backed by a strong defensive unit of Cavo, senior Co-captain Michael Aronson, and freshman Pat Schwab.   

Head Coach Ted Garber continued to work the team very hard and keep practices at a high intensity level.

The team once played trash can lacrosse in the gym.

This is a variation of lacrosse where trash cans are used as the goals. “It was a fun way for the team to bond and compete,” Edwards said.

Conditioning was also involved in practice because lacrosse requires players to be in good shape.

It has been a long, hard-fought season for the Wyverns, including losing their starting goalie, Owen Jakacky to a broken foot before the season started.

Freshman Arthur Smith stepped up to play goalie in his place and has done a remarkable job.

Overall, the team might not have the record they were hoping for, but they feel this season has been a success in the fact they grew everyday and continued to get better.

The Wyverns played their last game Wednesday, May 15, at Wilbraham and Monson Academy and fought hard but couldn’t pull out a win.