By Jamie Stuart
Men’s Lacrosse had a successful season this year but unfortunately fell short of their goal of making it to the State Championships. The season record put the Wildcats with 11 wins and 7 losses. Although this is a lower number of wins than in previous seasons, the team maintains high hopes for next year.
Naturally, the team is sad to say their goodbyes to graduating seniors.
“This season has been unlike any other” said Leo Moran, this year’s senior co-captain.
He is not exaggerating when he says this, either. It is indeed rare to experience as many injuries as the team has endured this year, or other incidents that reduce playing time, especially when most of the affected players were some of the team’s most valuable.
The team hopes that incoming freshmen players, like Vance Perkins and Peter Klein, can help to add strong support to the team. Additionally, as senior goalie Levi Brown graduates and commits to play for Clarke Catholic College in Iowa, the vital position will be filled by rising junior, Ruben Salcedo. While Brown heads for Iowa, his fellow Wildcat Tate Beason is set to continue his lacrosse career at Catawba College. Other seniors, like Moran, consider exploring opportunities in club lacrosse teams during their time at universities.
“I’m looking forward to next year a lot,” said rising senior co-captain Ryan Dotson.
“Even though we’re sad that [the senior players] are leaving, a lot of our strongest players are going to be seniors next year,” Dotson said.
Although still on the road to recovery from a broken arm and torn tendons, Dotson plans on leading East to victory in the 2013 season.
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Liu