by Josh Morgan
Last season, the boys lacrosse team finished 8-8 on the season and failed to make NCS. After graduating only four seniors, they enter this year with a very experienced team that is poised to improve from last year and make a run to return to NCS for the first time since 2017.
Senior attacker Nicky Ciotola feels good about where the team stands at the moment.
“You know we’re feeling good,” said Ciotola. “We’ve had some good numbers coming out for captains practices and I think we’re ready. We’re excited.”
With a projected 14 returning seniors, this will be a veteran team. However, Ciotola also expects an influx of new talent to be able to contribute this year as well as to set the program up for future success.
“I don’t know who’s going to start this year but I know we have a lot of young talent,” said Ciotola. “There’s actually a lot of freshmen that are coming in that have played before; there’s like five or six that play Warriors. That’s really awesome. It’s like what we had our [freshman] year, so we’re pretty confident that our team will be in good hands.”
Another interesting point is that this year the Knights will have a new head coach: Spencer Olson.
“He actually went to high school here,” Ciotola said about Olson. “I’m really excited, he’s young, he brings a lot to the table. I think we’re going to run a successful year because of his coaching and our positive attitude and hard work.”
“We’re looking great,” said senior midfielder Calvin Hawe. “We got a new coach: our assistant head coach from a few years ago. We have a lot of players; we might even have a JV team if we get more guys. We’re looking great.”
With a roster headlined by Ciotola, Hawe, and fellow seniors, such as defender Blake Suer, midfielder Bailey Rios, and attacker Dylan Tye, the team enters the year with high expectations. When asked for his goals for the team this season, Ciotola had one simple answer: “NCS at least! Let’s get it. We might not win every game but we’ll win enough. We’ll be good.”
Hawe shares the same confidence, saying that, “we’re probably going to make NCS this year.”
With a promising season ahead, the Knights are looking forward to getting back on the field.