By Jeremy Caspe, sports editor

This upcoming spring is looking like a very big and productive one for the boys’ lacrosse team. After losing only 2 key players last year, the team won’t look much different. The defensive side of the field and offensive side are just about the same as last year and with some younger players stepping up. The team has no shortage of skill.

Monday the 21st was the first day of practice for the boys, with an unbelievable 50 kids showing up. There was a lot of excitement in the air about lacrosse at the first practice, and every day the anticipation and eagerness increases. The sport has grown noticeably over the past few years and the growth continues as each new class of incoming kids sees how fun it is to play and understand. At the practices, the team looks sharper, continuously getting better with each day.

Also, for the first time in many seasons, there is a complete coaching staff. Led by Coach Sam Aloisi, Coach Corey Gammill, and the Chambers brothers, Marsh and Sam, the Varsity team has plenty of strong and wise coaches to help them win it all. The Junior Varsity team is led by coach Devin Durand, who is also a teacher of ELL (English Language Learner) classes at the high school. There is a very packed field, with no shortage of players.

With the new season starting, there are some new rules being enforced by the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) and the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association). All boys lacrosse players are required to purchase and wear a new chest protector with NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) compliant technology to help protect students from shots to the chest. These regulations are being implemented for the safety of all players. The boys will abide by the new rules to stay eligible.

With a final record of 4-7 last season, the boys hope to make a bounce back which shouldn’t be that hard with the amount of new talent the team has. Captain Cosmo Tedeschi predicted that “this lacrosse season can be one to remember for the team and island. The players and coaches on the team are already very determined and dedicated to making this a very successful and fun season.”

Tedeschi emphasized that “everyone at practice so far has brought great energy and has shown up ready to learn and get better at the sport… and every single coach on the team is very passionate about lacrosse, to say the least, and will push all of us to play the best lacrosse we can.”

Some big names to look for this season are sophomore attackman Cole Chambers who started varsity last year as a freshman, senior attackman Cole Evans, and senior attackman Cosmo Tedeschi. On the defensive side, senior goalie George Boucher will be returning alongside sophomore defensive pole Griffin Starr, who also started freshman year, and senior defensive pole Justin Zadroga. Running the midfield, Jack Halik is a large presence who is a scoring machine.

“I’m excited to play with this group of guys and feel lucky to be coached by the coaching staff we have,” said Tedeschi.

The team’s first game is scheduled for April 9th against Pembroke High School. Pembroke is a strong team that plays big schools like Quincy and Hanover. But it is nothing that the boys are afraid of and will back down from. It will be both teams’ first game of the season and the team is extremely excited to hit the field for the first time this spring.

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