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Lacrosse looking for more of the same in upcoming season

Team continues to play in honor of late teammate

By Ian C. Beck ’12
THE ROUNDUP

Last year, Robby Mayasich ’10, a senior lacrosse player, died several days after being struck by a car while competing in the Ragnar Relay Series, the largest overnight relay running series in the nation.

Dealing with the loss of a teammate, the Brophy lacrosse team rallied together in honor of Mayasich, many players wearing undershirts that bore Mayasich’s No. 8.

The team rode this motivation all the way to the state championship.

“The passing of Robby was a huge motivator for us last year,” said junior defenseman Mack Regan ’12. “His memory will always be with the lacrosse club as we will continue to wear the purple and pink RM stickers on the back of our helmets.”

The 33-man team saw just 12 seniors graduate last year and Regan said this relatively small number works in the team’s favor.

“We have a large number of returning varsity players who all have an already developed team connection,” he said.

Junior attackman Nicholas Latham ’12 is one of those returning players and said that while the team will face several tough out-of-state teams, they should do well.

“The team will be strong again, and we hope to compete on the national level,” Latham said. “We have a tough out-of-state schedule that includes teams like St. Ignatius from San Francisco, Regis Jesuit from Denver, and Lawrenceville from New Jersey. We are looking to keep our success from last year going into this year, both in and out of state.”

Last season’s state championship MVP midfielder Brock Ghelfi ’12 said the team would face tough out of state competition.

“Games against top national teams will help to make us better, not only this season but in the future,” he said. “(Head coach Mr. Beau Pich) is building Brophy into a lacrosse powerhouse.”

“We should repeat as state champions,” Ghelfi said. “This year’s team is as strong, if not stronger than last year’s team due to a combination of chemistry, depth and coaching.”