By Tyler J. Scott ’12
The Brophy varsity lacrosse team is 14-2 overall and 12-1 against in-state competition as of April 26.
They are sitting at the top of the Division I standings as of April 23, according to AZLax.com.
Some key wins for the Broncos include Menlo, a California team, and Hamilton, a rival of Brophy.
But there is no greater lacrosse rivalry than Brophy vs. Chaparral. Both Nic Latham ’12 and Mack Regan ’12 described it as their “Yankees vs. Red Sox game.”
Attacker Adam Fishman ’10 said that, “It’s the most anticipated game of the season, state-wide, and there is a lot of emotion going into it.”
This year the Firebirds were triumphant by a slim margin, winning 8-7 April 22.
The defeat was Brophy’s first loss in Arizona play so far this season.
Despite the loss, Fishman had a lot to say about this year’s team.
Fishman said he believes that this year’s group is “an unbelievably special team.”
He also had high praise for the team’s work ethic.
“Athletically, there is not a team in the state that works harder than we do. Day-in and day-out we push one another to be the best we can possibly be,” Fishman said.
In addition, Fishman commended the team’s unity.
“As far as team chemistry, everyone plays for the guy next to him, and this year and for all years to come, our best friend Robby above. The unselfish, team lacrosse that we play allows us to compete with some of the best lacrosse competition out there,” Fishman said.
While the Broncos have a great offense, Latham said, “We play the best team defense in the state.”
Regan, however, is always open for improvement as a team.
“Skill-wise we are a fairly good team but we can always get better,” he said.
Players said that some other impact players on the team include Fishman, Kevin Murney ’10, Brock Ghelfi ’12, Ryan Manos ’11, and Andrew Fennessy ’11.
Even though there are 14 seniors departing after this year, Fishman is comfortable with the younger players on next year’s team.
“There is a lot of young talent on our team, so look for a lot of our current freshmen, sophomores and juniors to take charge next year,” he said.