Following an 11-10 win in the season-opening scrimmage against Valley Christian on Monday, Feb. 27, senior Asher Friedman said the boys lacrosse team (1-1) is excited about its strong start.
Friedman, who has committed to Oberlin College for lacrosse, said it was clear from the energy in the post-game huddle that the game set the tone for the season.
“(The first game) was a great way to start the season. It gave the team some confidence that will help going into the season,” Friedman said. “It showed us what we had to work on more to have a successful season.”
Junior Tyler Harrison said a late surge from Valley Christian kept the game tight throughout.
“It was a little too close for comfort, but returning players stepped up today,” Harrison said.
The departure of coaches D.J. Shelton and Alfredo Rico-Torres left the team with a new coaching staff.
On top of that, many underclassmen have replaced last year’s 12 seniors who led the lacrosse team to its first-ever CCS appearance following a 3rd place finish in league (6-6).
While setbacks are to be expected, coach Ed Hattler said he is excited by the newfound team chemistry.
“This team has a lot more energy this year. You can see it when they go and have fun every time,” Hattler said. “We share the ball beautifully, which is why we have a diverse group of scorers.”
Sophomore and second-year player Milo Sabina said the group is ready to replace the graduates. “Last year we had a lot of seniors carry this team so this year we are a little less developed, but it’s still ‘go big or go home,” Sabina said.
Despite the loss in experience, Harrison said he has high aspirations for the team.
“I love the competition; we’re gonna bring it all season,” Harrison said. “The goal is to maintain the high level we had last year and make CCS after losing a lot of our core.”