By Christina Avina
As the season comes closer to an end, the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team has been practicing and working eagerly to end with an improved year . Despite the decent record lacrosse left off with, the team faced some difficult challenges due to many athlete injuries. To help prevent those injuries this year, the team has focused on improving strength in order to avoid the limitation of players. Head Coach Mr. Lance Hale has been working with the Puma athletes for the past five years, and overall he has been coaching lacrosse for fifteen years. From his many years of experience, Hale is able to guide the team in the best way possible. “My expectations for this season is for many of our players to gain valuable game time and get better each game,” stated Hale. Although the team consists of many younger players, they have been able to use their abilities to work exceptionally with one another to build a strong team.
As one of the five captains, Senior Spencer Taylor is driven to better the skills and mentalities of his teammates. For about two hours, the team practices to strengthen their abilities and prepare for their games. These practices consist of individual position and full field drills, as well as scrimmages in teams of four versus three, and six versus six. Despite their very challenging schedules, Taylor and the team have managed to be successful. “We have to work as a team together because that is the most important thing,” said Taylor. Being given the title as captain of a team, comes with many responsibilities. “My other captains and I have to lead the team in some ways the coaches cannot. Such as things outside of practice and games.” Although there are multiple captains, each one takes part in running and helping maintain the team.
Unfortunately, the team had lost one of their key players, their starting goalie. However, teammate Sam Woodland trained hard to step up and fill that position for the team. Each individual player had a hope or goal they wanted to accomplish this year, such as Senior Co-Captain Jacob Carrillo. He aspired to win games and grow as a team, and as the season moved along the boys grew in talent and together sharing a brother-like bond, fulfilling Carrillo’s goals. The importance of hardwork and effort was a significant aspect that Carrillo expected from his teammates. “I wanted to go 110% every practice and make sure everyone showed up and put in max effort,” claimed Carrillo. To help develop the team, Carrillo frequently used the weekend as an opportunity to train alongside his teammates. With only one season left, Carrillo has been determined to make it the best one he has ever had with the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team.
Although in previous seasons the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team has faced many obstacles in which affected their performance. This did not allow the struggles they have faced define them as a team. Since the beginning of this season, the team has worked vigorously to make the improvements they needed to succeed for the remainder of the season.