With three past championship wins in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the boys lacrosse team has been a successful part of East sports for the past 14 seasons. Head Coach Will Garrett hopes to lead this year’s team to another strong season.
“Hopefully this season is comparable to last season,” head coach Will Garrett said. “I really do think we have the ability to make it back to the championship game and win this year.”
Having won both of their first two games, the team is off to a strong start with a 2 and 0 record. The team is prepared to avoid the loss they experienced in the close championship last year. Coming just short of winning it all last year forced this year’s team to be very motivated and determined.
Instead of just standard league games against other KC teams, the East team will be traveling to St. Louis and Milwaukee to go head to head with a tougher variety of competition.
“I have scheduled 5 or 6 games against very high quality competition outside of KC this year,” Garrett said, “I hope that this team will be the one that puts Lancer Lacrosse on the map. We certainly have the talent to.”
The boys varsity team has a strong defense that has so far proven its strength. Seniors Mark Ward, Will Kost, Dexter Durbin and Baker Stradinger make up the valued, long-poled players.
The main mid-fielders on the team are Milton Braasch, Henry Redmond, Andy Swanson and Luke Ehly. As for the offensive side, the main attackers are Griffin Fries, Tom Peters, Tripp Mohr and William Larson.
“We are currently the top ranked team in KC and I think we can really live it up and will do really well this year,” varsity player Milton Braasch said.
The team has grown from 30 to 60 players over the seasons, calling for a better outcome and better finish to their seasons.
“Our starting 10 are extremely talented,” Garrett said, “Perhaps the most talented group I’ve ever seen here at East.”