After the final snowfall of the year (hopefully), spring will finally come in full force. But this isn’t just the marking of springtime – it is the return of Blair’s favorite sports team: Men’s JV Lacrosse. After last year’s 8-5 finish, all are expecting this year’s squad to do even better. This year, there seems to be so much talent that it is hard to even anticipate a single loss for the lads. If Blair LEADS has taught us anything, it is that a good foundation for pretty much any type of organization relies on solid leadership. So it will be best to first take a look at the strong juniors who will be leading these Bucs to victory.
The first is no stranger on campus because he likes for everyone to know how good he is at both lacrosse and squash. Griffin Fitzgerald ‘17 is a hardworking player and a threat from the crease who assures fans of his goal-making skills. The next two captains will be protecting the Blair crease with their long poles. Stephen Marcus ‘17 is a JV lacrosse veteran. He is known for his great defensive technique and ability to win every ground ball that comes his way. Ben Czaja ‘17 is a newcomer to the sport but has had no problems tackling new responsibilities. Known as the “crease beast,” he intends to not only lay out anyone who comes near the goal, but also promises to score a couple goals himself.
There are many underclass dark horses on this year’s team as well. Staying on the defensive side, we have the hard hitting Dilsher Maini ‘18, who has been drained of all emotional and physical feelings from his rugby career. Additional veteran and new players will be playing on the midfield, such as Sam Czaja ‘18, Pierce O’malley ‘18, Ryan Cino ‘19, Will Pinkerton ‘18, Alec Valle ‘19, and Ronan Smarth ‘18. Ronan is feeling very confident this year as he feels the need to practice every position during the offseason! Will Pinkerton has also gotten the momentum, rolling with a new haircut that has brought the squad together. On the offensive, freshmen Tanner Humphrey ‘19 and Aidan Donaghy ‘19 go for the attack. It is especially delightful to have a player like Aidan, who was varsity potential but decided to bring his talents to the JV squad.
Last, but certainly not least, is the young stud, Colton Yee ‘19. Captain Griffin Fitzgerald said, “Colton is definitely our secret weapon. He may not be the biggest, but this allows him to sneak past defenders and be a real threat from the crease. Good luck catching this kid because he is running all the way to the top!” Griffin seemed very confident about the season as well and can’t wait to get the season started. Behind veteran coaches Lunger and Anthony, the JV team hopes get things started this Monday at home against crosstown rival North Warren at 4:15. A large crowd is expected at the JV field for the tremendous season opener, so get there early! Go Bucs!
(Copyright Benjamin Czaja 2016)