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MS Boys LaxCats: Shooting Their Way Into the Season

David M., Staff Writer

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2017 Team Huddle
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Seventh and eighth grade boys are beginning their lacrosse journey at Westminster, following in the footsteps of the varsity team who was the 2017 state champion. The win was the sixth lacrosse state championship title for the Wildcats in school history.

Boys middle school lacrosse tryouts began Monday, February 5, and the roster was posted Saturday, February 10. Twenty-four hopeful players have showcased their skills this year and no cuts were made.

This year players have a range of experience with the sport; some have played for many years. Henry I., a seventh grade boy, said, “I have been playing since I was six years old.” Jonny F. has also tallied six years while others haven’t had any previous experience in lacrosse.

Some players had butterflies before going out for the team. Eighth grader Henry S. said, “I’m a little nervous for tryouts.”

Coach Mark Labouchere will lead the team again this year with the help of Coach Brad Bernstein, a new assistant coach. Last year the Wildcats went 10-2 including losses to Lovett and Lambert.

Coach Labouchere explained what he was looking for in a player in the informational lacrosse meeting before tryouts. He said, “The main skills or attributes I look for in a player are the commitment and perseverance to improve and a good attitude.”

This year the LaxCats will play 11 games, four of them at Westminster. In past years, the team has played two games at home in the form of a double header.

Eighth grader Hunter W. said, “I think the two Lovett games will be very big because they are a big rival for us.” Last season the team beat Lovett at the Summer Camp (10-6) but fell short later (6-10) in the season when they played on Lovett’s turf.

The Cats scored 122 goals in the past season and are anticipating many more in the season to come.

Coach Labouchere is very excited for the season ahead. He said, “I look forward to see how the team develops and comes together.”

The middle school lacrosse team will play its first game against Blessed Trinty at home on Saturday, March 24.

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