After being forced to practice indoors for the last couple of months due to weather, both the boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams are excited to start the upcoming season.
The girls’ varsity team has high expectations for the upcoming year. Under the leadership of new Head Coach Michelle Cook, the girls are hoping to win their league and finish as one of the top teams in the state. Cecily Docktor ’15 and Korrina Garfield ’15 lead by example as captains.
Brooke Swan ’15, attack, is very passionate about the sport. “[The best part about lacrosse is] my teammates. It is really awesome to have been playing with a number of kids since I started in the youth program in 4th grade,” said Swan.
Swan also expressed how thrilled she is to finally start the season: “I am looking forward to getting outside to play after such a long, snowy winter. I am really excited to see how our talent comes together as a team on the field.”
As for improvements from last season, Swan said, “Overall, we need to work on our stick work throughout the field. In addition, we need to improve our overall conditioning so that we have the strength and endurance to play hard the entire length of the game–especially against our toughest teams.”
Docktor will play lacrosse next year at Washington College, and Garfield will play for Williams. Swan will play for Trinity College.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Rocky Batty, the boys’ lacrosse team is also eager to begin their season. TJ Noonan ’15, Tim Rahill ’15, Kerry Lyne ‘15 and David Jennings ’15 lead the boys’ team as captains this year.
Luke Sanabria ’16, close defender, has some keen goals for the upcoming season: “I think the whole team really wants to win the Herget championship. Also, I think specifically the team really wants to beat Needham and Natick,” he said.
He also notes that there is a lot the team needs to work on: “I think the chemistry between the defensive unit and the goalie needs to improve this season.” said Sanabria. “Defense is really dependent on teamwork and not the individual, and it’s really important that we master it.”
While very popular among its players, lacrosse lacks the fan support that other sports receive: “Lacrosse is a great sport, and it would be great if it had the same attendance and support that other sports get, like football, basketball, and hockey,” said Sanabria.
(Jameson O’Neil ’18, Staff Writer)