The Boys’ Latin varsity lacrosse team started their conference play on April 3rd against Mount Saint Joseph (W 16-6). April consists of strictly conference play while March was made up of non-conference games to get the team ready for the most important games. While games out of conference do not matter for some teams, Boys’ Latin varsity lacrosse is making a run for the national title this year, making every game count.
While the team graduated key players from last season, the returners and new players have been working to improve the skill level the program has always had. Cole Erickson, a sophomore and first-year varsity player, was excited to hear he made varsity.
“It was a great feeling to make the team. Watching how good the team has been ever since I was little inspired me to work to become one of the players,” said Erickson.
Other returners who are playing their third to fourth year are looking forward to the season. Michael Ubriaco, senior and team captain, has high hopes for the team.
“I’m excited for this year. There will be a lot of competition in the conference, so we’re going to have to work hard to succeed,” Ubriaco said.
Ubriaco was one of the three freshmen who made the team four years ago and said he is upset that his high school career is ending soon. He expressed his emotions towards his final season when he said, “I’ve loved every season I’ve played for this team and I’m upset that it’s coming to an end.” Ubriaco will be continuing his lacrosse career at Villanova University.
While the lacrosse team is focusing on trying to get a championship in the books, the students are continuing to support their classmates through the season. Ethan McCann, co-head of the spirit council, plans on continuing to maintain the extremely loud student sections. McCann believes that the best way to keep up great student sections is communicating, meaning that letting people know when and where the game is in advance so they can save the date.
So far this season, the Lakers are 3-2 in conference and 9-3 overall. They have competed to victory against other extremely skilled teams such as Haverford (9-6) and Conestoga (10-9). While there have been great wins, there have been heartbreaking losses as well, such as against McDonogh (7-8) and Loyola (6-12).
According to Inside Lacrosse National Power Rankings, the varsity lacrosse team is ranked No. 7 in the nation, the highest in the MIAA A Conference. The MIAA is said to be the most competitive high school lacrosse league in the nation, giving the champions high glory every year.