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Despite season challenges, boys lacrosse builds up confidence

Junior Tomer Horovitz runs from two opposing players in his team’s most recent matchup against Los Gatos. The lacrosse team has started the season 1-3. Photo by Austin Xiang

Coach DJ Shelton said the team is young compared to previous years because he was forced to bring up freshmen and sophomores after losing players early in the season.

“We have a good senior leadership group and our captains are really good guys, so we’re banking on that because with a young team it usually takes them an extra few weeks to get the swing of things at the varsity level,” Shelton said.

While having a team of younger players doesn’t necessarily help, Shelton said he is excited for future seasons because of the upcoming talent.

“Our frosh-soph team is looking solid too, so we’re definitely looking good for the future,” Shelton said.

The team’s three losses came against teams with winning records: Los Altos (3-2), Menlo Atherton (4-1) and Los Gatos (4-0). However, Shelton said he is confident in the team’s ability, so his goal going forward is to execute on games that the team is supposed to win.

“We’ve lost to some teams that we know we can beat, so the second time we play them, we would like to make sure that we actually execute on that,” Shelton said. “We just lost to (Menlo-Atherton), and I think we didn’t play our best game. If we had, it would’ve been a very competitive match-up.”

Captain and senior Greg Laursen said he is particularly looking forward to playing Los Gatos this season.

“It’s always a fun matchup,” Laursen said. “But right now, I am just enjoying every practice and every game.”

As for the team’s environment, Laursen said it’s consistently positive which will play to its advantage going into the remainder of the season.

“I think that it’ll show itself over time and as the season continues,” Laursen said. “I hope we get better and that we’ll do well by the end of the season.”

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