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Men’s Lacrosse Ready for Regular Season Play

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Kurt Wilber (`11), Matt Panzo (`11), and John Young (`10) defend the crease in a regular season game. These players believe Coach Bryne. “You have to earn” every victory. Part of the game is preventing the other team from earning a victory. Photo courtsey of Mr. Neal Busch.

Another strong playoff run is imminent. The Men’s Lacrosse team storms the field. Ready. They are looking for guidance under their new coach, Mr. Steve Byrne. Coach Bryne played his college lacrosse at University of Virginia, where he was a three time All-American defensemen. The team is also welcoming new coaches Ari Bram, John Wurzburger and Brandon Schmidt (`08). The team motto of “Earn It” is said in every huddle because the team does not deserve to go to states. They have to earn it and earn respect from people. “We have to earn it. Nothing is guaranteed for us. We have to go out and get it,” says Coach Byrne.

The team lost only four seniors from last year’s team, and they hope that this senior-friendly team will lead them to play-off glory. The team is looking for midfielders Austin Severson (`10), Bubba Burke (`10), and Jack Soukenik (`10), defense Ryan Drake (`10) and goalie John Young (`10) to give this team veteran leadership. The team is also looking for direction from some of their younger players like
Leland Bent (`11), Kurt Wilber (`11), Jamie Young (`12) and Chris Deming (`12). The team welcomes newcomers Matt Grider (`11), Thomas Crabtree (`11) and Kevin Rizzo (`11), who look to lead the Lancers to State.

Eddie Asher (`10) says, “Lacrosse isn’t a sport. It’s a way of life, and I live for this time of the year.”

The team looked to start the year strong in their season opener against a very strong St. Edward on April 6th, but the team was unable to pull out a win and lost 9-4. The team then had a hot streak with solid wins against Orange 9-8 and Cleveland Heights 14-7. On April 13, the Lancers took on the Preppers of University School. It was a tough fought game, but the Lancers could not come home with a victory. They lost 16-2. The
Lancers also took on West Geuaga on April 15th, they won 10-5. The team also plays at Hawken on May 7.