Boys Varsity Lacrosse team starts their season off on a high note

Eddie Jin, Staff Writer

The Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team began with an 8 to 7 win against Fieldston and a 9-3 loss against Dalton to bring their record to a solid 1-1.

The team’s early success can be attributed to the unity and effort of the team as a whole, Harrison Winter (10) said.

“Everyone on the team makes an impact. It’s a team sport, and we really play great as a team together,” Winter said.

This year’s team has no particular star player. Instead the team plays as one cohesive unit.

The team has made significant progress from last year with the addition of several new players to the roster, co-Captain Joshua Taub (12) said.

“We have new underclassmen that have all contributed in valuable ways,” he said. “With more players, we have better practices that prepare us for game day.”

Multiple skilled players graduated last year, which means the team has learned how to utilize every asset they have in order to play well together, Julian Rabkin (11) said.

“We have lost some key players like Koby Ginder and Marc Murphy ‘18, but we are learning to play more as a cohesive unit,” he said.

The team’s time spent in Florida prior to the season served as a bonding experience and an opportunity for the players to learn how to play as a cohesive unit.

“We learned how to play with each other and how to play collectively as a whole team, and also hung out with each other when we were given free time. It strengthened our lacrosse skills and  our relationships,” he said.

The team’s defense has been a notable strength all season. Ben Vahardian’s (11) strong work as goalie was a contributing factor in the team’s first win.

“Vahradian has stepped up as goalie and has made crucial saves when we most needed them,” Taub said.

Rabkin has seen the team’s defensive communication as a strength, but wants to see improvement in offball movement, he said.

Co-Captains Taub and Davis Parzick (12) provide both leadership and experience for the younger players, Winter said.

“They are amazing leaders on and off the field, picking up the team when we are down,” Winter said.

The team looks to improve on it’s record when it faces Trinity today at home and Riverdale away on Monday.