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Brophy lacrosse passes league games undefeated, preps for playoffs

Photo by Brendan Hinkle ’16 – Brophy lacrosse plays against Lawrenceville, March 18. Brophy lost the game, ending it with a score of 10-17, however Brophy remains undefeated in league games as of March 23.

By Brendan Hinkle ’16

The 2015 lacrosse season was at the midway point as of March 20, with the varsity not losing a league game in state so far.

Varsity coach Mr. Zach Widbin said the lacrosse team has played fairly well this season.

“I don’t think we’ve been particularly challenged yet in the league,” he said.

Mr. Widbin said there was a very even distribution of points throughout the team, and a lot of guys were getting significant playing time.

“Some of the key players are at midfield Alex Paul ’16 and Pat McNeil ’15,” Mr. Widbin said. “On defense Mark Frakes ’15, on attack Cole Malkoff ’15 and on the crease James Traxler ’18 and John Turner ’15. But it’s pretty evenly distributed in terms of the offense.”

Varsity player Jack Traxler ’15 said there is a team goal to play unselfishly, and to have the majority of goals be assisted instead of non-assisted.

“Last game we reached that goal, and out of 19 goals we scored we had 15 assisted,” he said. “We are trying to continue that trend through the rest of the season.”

Traxler said the team played against other teams from out of state such as Lawrenceville, who are challenging and play a whole new level of lacrosse.

“They challenge us to play fast and hard,” he said. “Teams like that are the only real challenges we’ve had so far.”

Mr. Widbin said that the team always has a goal of going undefeated and winning state, and also to travel over spring break. Traditionally they go to San Francisco. This year it was Dallas, Texas.

He said they want to win as many games as they can out of state.

The head coach of the lacrosse 2 team Mr. Chris Agliano said the varsity 2 team has also played pretty well.

“We play really good competition,” he said. “We are mostly made up of freshmen and sophomores playing against other varsity teams, so juniors and seniors. We’ve been competing with great effort, great focus and the guys are really coming together as a team.”

Mr. Agliano said this year’s team probably has the best team camaraderie he’s ever seen and ever coached.

He said some of the key players this year have been Oliver Wanebo ’17 and Sam Harris ’17 on attack and Trevor Eldean ’17 as a midfielder.

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