Boys lacrosse to face off against Maine South


Boys lacrosse is looking to build on last season’s playoff run with a win against Maine South on Apr. 4.

“Last year I think our team was centered around a few players,” explained Marcelo Dunning-Porter, goalie and senior captain. “But this year, our team is more reliant on each other.”

The boys lost only five games last year, but their success didn’t carry into the postseason. This year, the focus has changed. Consistency is key for the Kits, and behind this determination will be a strong senior class.

“The intensity is up. Everyone is fighting harder for starting spots,” said senior Jack Lydon, another captain. “Ultimately, I have to lead by example and be the one making the hustle plays on the field.”

The mindset that the seniors share has been affecting the less experienced underclassmen. “We are hungry for even more success this season,” said junior Chris David. The team’s goal is clear, and the success starts with taking care of Maine South.

The Kits shattered the Hawks 14-2 last year, with stalwart performances from last year’s seniors, Charlie Cunningham, Aidan Crowe and Drake Smith.  The squad is confident that this year’s match will turn a similar result.

“We have superior athletes and a more conditioned team than them,” explained David. “If we make sure we get faceoffs, clears and our offense in check, I don’t see any problems.”

The team will be taking on a harder Loyola the week after. “We didn’t get to play them last season but they will be a good challenge,” said Lydon.

The boys themselves have already started strong, beginning the season by beating Deerfield 14-2 with goals by David, Lydon and senior Tommy Haughey.

“These early games will just be preparation for tougher schools like New Trier and Oak Park River Forest,” said Lydon.

Last year’s run deep into the postseason has only motivated the team to push farther this season. However, its key to success come May is building momentum in the next couple weeks.

Don’t miss the action for what’s bound to be a special season for boys lacrosse.