Men’s Lacrosse Makes Necessary Adustments

Natalie Condon, Staff Writer

After losing 11 seniors last year, the men’s varsity lacrosse team is off to a shaky start.

Their record so far is 0-2 in pre-season, and 1-0 in the actual league. However,  they expect to go far in NCS and win the league. The captains this year are Nick Sheehan ‘13, Cole Watson ‘12, and Chase Hildeburn ‘12.

Eight new players have been added to the team, mostly juniors and sophomores.

The first scrimmage of the year was Friday, Feb. 24 against Davis at home. Althought it was not a league game, it helped prepare them for their upcoming season.

Unfortunately, in the game against Davis, Mac Lavis ‘14, who was expected to do well this season, broke his collarbone and will be out for the rest of the season, which could harm the team’s line-up.

“Even though I’m not on the field, I can still try to inspire the team from the sidelines,” said Lavis.

The team also played in another home scrimmage against Clayton Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Unfortunately they lost the game 9-8.

“Our team has a lot of skill, but not that much experience,” said Sheehan.

A lot of the players this year are new to varsity, due to the large amount of seniors lost, and are playing in unfamiliar positions.

For example, Alec Beauregard ‘12 is starting at the position of D-pole this year. He has never played the position before.

Coach Bill Abriel is known among the team for his inspirational speeches that pump them up for their games and encourage them to work hard in practice.

“Our offense is definitely our strength, but we need to continue improving our defense,” said David Laughton ‘12.

To help improve their defense, the team needs to become more physical and aggressive.

As far as NCS goes, the team expects to make it in easily and probably be seeded in one of the middle spots, possibly in between three and six.

“I think this season is going to go very well,” said Laughton. “I’m really pumped for it. I think everyone else is really excited too.”

The team’s most recent game was Tuesday, March 6 against Mount Tamalpais, where they won with a score of  18-1. This was the team’s first game of the actual season.

Their next game is today against Novado at home.