As April begins, the Boys’ Latin varsity lacrosse team is ready to dive into MIAA A Conference games. After a tough loss in last year’s Championship game, the Lakers are hungry for another shot at the title. So far, the Lakers have had a respectable 4-3 record out of conference which has included games against nationally ranked programs from Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana and Connecticut.
With the lacrosse team back from their spring break trip to Deerfield Beach, FL, students around BL are eager to watch the team take on our conference rivals.
“I am excited to watch my friends take the field for the final time in a BL jersey,” said Senior Jared Tankersley. Aside from his friends, Jared is also looking forward to watching his little brother, Sophomore Avery Tankersley. “It’s awesome to see my brother represent the school on such a large stage.”
After a crushing 8-5 defeat in the MIAA championship last year against Calvert Hall, Tankersley thinks they can take the next step forward. “With our mix of veteran seniors and young talent, I believe that we have a good chance of going all the way this year. I know it would mean a lot to my fellow seniors who have been through the heartbreak of two championship defeats,” he said.
Varsity Lacrosse player and Senior captain Harold Loyd is also hungry for MIAA conference play to begin. “At the beginning of the season, our goal was to win the national championship, but after some injuries and unfortunate losses, we are taking a step back and setting our eyes on the MIAA championship,” said Harold.
Although the team has been plagued with injuries throughout the beginning of the season, Harold thinks that this will ultimately help out the team. “Unfortunately, we had some injuries which hurt us but what we are seeing as a weakness right now will eventually make us a stronger team overall. I think we will close the year out stronger,” said Loyd.
Like Loyd, Senior Blake Shepherd believes the team will be able to persevere through the early season adversity. “Much of the community is paying attention to all of our injuries, but we as a team are more than confident of what we can achieve this season,” said Shepherd.
Although the season has gotten off to an unfortunate start, the lacrosse team is ready to fight through the adversity and finish off the conference season strong.
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