Boys lacrosse reworks plan of attack, strategy at Glenbard

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Anna Nelson

Boys lacrosse stands in the toughest stretch of their season as they will travel to Glenbard West tomorrow.

Last year, the Kits fell to the Hilltoppers in overtime 5-6. However, coach Adam Hughes blames this on last year’s team’s inability to really string together a full quarter of solid lacrosse. This year, things have changed.

“Last year, we never played a full four quarters of Evanston lacrosse,” said Hughes. “This year, we have played a full four quarters in just about every game.”

The players hope to use the loss from last year as fuel to the fire heading into this contest.

“They are a solid team and a win against them will definitely be meaningful for us,” said senior attackman Charlie Cunningham.

After Glenbard West, the team will host Grayslake North on Tuesday at 7 and then travel to Stevenson and Cary-Grove on Thursday and next Saturday respectively.

Prior to Glenbard West, the Kits received a drumming from Lake Forest as they fell 14-5. The Scouts’ starting lineup that includes six NCAA Division 1 commits certainly posed initial problems for the squad, but the Kits hung on as they even lead 1-0 deep into the first quarter. Eventually, Lake Forest’s offensive attack unloaded on the fatigued Kits defense resulting in Evanston’s second loss of the year.

The team focuses on what to accomplish in each specific quarter. If they fail, they try to make the adjustment in the following quarter. The team currently sits at 8-2, so this philosophy has worked.

“We have been playing a lot better since last year and we are definitely looking not to go back to that kind of team,” said Hughes.

The players agree, and they expect the tight team chemistry to the lead to even more Ws as the squad moves into the final stretch of the season.

“This year, we have a lot of offensive threats,” added Cunningham. “We just need to work on our fluidity as a unit and really get it wet.”