Men’s Lacrosse Veterans Set Sights on NCS Title

by Davis Louie

Despite a slow start this season, the Miramonte men’s lacrosse team’s goal for a NCS championship is still looking bright.  “We’re looking good so far this season. NCS is looking better everyday,” said Curtis ‘10.  With a pre-season win under their belt against Davis, the Mats are looking forward to the league season, which opens Mar. 23 at Alhambra.  The Mats are confident in their predicted dominance. “We are gonna scrape in league,” said David Misaka ‘10. Key games this year will be against rivals Acalanes and Las Lomas.

With 10 returning players, this veteran team should see much continued success even with the changes in coaching staff during the off season. This year Coach Billy Abriel replaced Danny Roden as head coach and will look to continue on the success of last year. “Coach Abriel is a lot different then coach Roden. His practices are more upbeat and his coaching style is really different,” said Myers ‘10.

Captains Sean Curtis ‘10, Jordan Myers ‘10, and Brian Raaka ‘11 lead the Mats. This closely knit squad is young but has experience playing together on Junior Varsity, where they ended with a record of 15-2.

Key players this year include Carson Mead ‘11, Gabe Gilleran ‘11, David Misaka ‘10, and Eric Hass ‘11. The X factor player for this year will be Brian Friel ‘11.

“As a new player, Friel has improved a lot and will be a very physical presence this year,” said Myers. Another new addition to the team this year includes Eric Yee ‘10, who decided to play this year after a successful football season.

“I wanted to play a sport where I could just lay people out,” said Yee ‘10. “Lax has been really fun.”

The Mats take on Clayton Valley next Tuesday at 7.