Last year, the varsity boys lacrosse team finished with the regular season 11-2 and in second place behind the Brophy Broncos. When it came time for playoffs, the Saints did not disappoint and won their third straight state title, with an 8-7 win against Brophy. The big question this year is if the Saints can continue their dominance in the 2020 season.
The main concern going into the 2020 season is how the Saints will adapt to the loss of 14 seniors. Recently appointed head coach, Marc Siegel, said, “That’s the million dollar question, but these young men will be ready to compete despite losing all that talent & experience.”
Some top seniors who will not return for the 2020 season include forwards Max Bergamo and Jake Smith. Bergamo, who recorded 44 goals and 24 assists in 13 games, was no doubt the team’s MVP last year. Smith, who was also one of the team’s top players, had an impressive 17 points in only four games as well as five goals in the championship game against Brophy.
This year’s team will be led by senior midfielder Harrison Hackbarth. Last year, Hackbarth put up 39 goals and 11 assists, along with 59 shots and 14 ground balls in 13 games. If Hackbarth can continue to build on his success from last year, he is likely to lead the league in both goals and points.
Another question going into this season is how can the team improve from last year. Sophomore center Reid Meyer said, “We need to improve on making smart passes and shots on goal in order to succeed this year.”
Meyer was the D2 team’s top centerman last year. He finished with a team-leading 61 faceoffs won and 41 ground balls. Meyer will be a huge addition to the D1 team this upcoming season with the loss of the team’s previous center, Ryan Roche.
Finally, what will be the team’s key to winning next year? Sophomore forward, Dante Douglas says, “The key to winning games next season will be winning ground balls.”
Douglas was the D2 team’s MVP last year and had some playing time with the varsity as well. He finished with a team leading 11 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. Douglas will likely start next year, along with Meyer, on the D1 team.
The boys are looking to make it four championships in a row, but they have quite the road ahead of them after losing their first four games. Their next game is on March 19th at home versus the Chandler Wolves.