Lacrosse team aims for a successful season through COVID-19

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Goaltender Ian Carter brings up ball from game two years ago.

John Gigan , Sports editor

After the cancellation of last year’s spring sports season due to COVID-19, the boys varsity lacrosse team returns to the field with high expectations this spring. The Wildcats hope to make it back to the playoffs and make a run in the state tournament after two years away from the game. 

“It was a hard reality to accept. We were getting in the groove of our preseason workouts, ready to embark on a championship season,” senior Alton Jenkins said. “However, we couldn’t be more ecstatic, honestly. We not only have a clear season, but also a postseason.”

With last year’s cancellation, the Wildcats need to replace two graduating classes. Senior captain Jackson Tabors explained what the team needs to do in order to fill those roles. 

“It is going to be difficult to replace the last two classes, there were a lot of contributors that graduated,” Tabors said. “We have a lot of people who contributed as freshmen and sophomores on that team that will show improvement this season. Hopefully we will have underclassman that can make an impact.” 

In order to improve for this year, the team spent time training in the offseason. 

“We have been participating in a box lacrosse league as well as running captain’s practices where we get to develop the team’s chemistry,” Senior captain Chritos Iatridis said. “We are improving skill wise and coming together as a team, which should give us a leg-up on the competition.” 

Despite the excitement of returning comes the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic that the team will need to deal with. Head coach Jim Wilcon explained the adjustment that has needed to take place with the protocols put in place for this season.

“It has definitely been different as we’ve needed to make sure everyone is wearing masks and not crowding around each other on the sideline,” Wilcon said. “The team is doing well with it though, as everyone is just happy to be back on the field and doesn’t want to do anything to force the team into lockdown.”

With the new protocols changing the experience of the season, Jenkins explained what the team has been doing to keep morale high. 

“We’ve been safely getting together when we can, socially distanced and masked up. We work out or get food in small groups, keep each other posted on our lives via social media,” Jenkins said. “Just because we haven’t been able to see each other every day doesn’t mean the communication stops, if anything it has increased.”

Despite the different circumstances the team faces this season, they intend to take advantage of this opportunity. 

“I think we have a really strong team going into the season, so the goal simply put is to win the DCL-small, and then make a run at the state title,” Tabors said.