Sports: Boys Lacrosse Enters Season Eager to Three-Peat
After back-to-back SVCAL Championships, the varsity boys’ lacrosse team is hungry for a three-peat. Their quest will begin as they adjust to the lack of many key starters from last year, including Drew Uphoff, Nicky Mullen, Kiefer O’Hara, and PJ Titterton. However, the Bears have many returning stars, namely Cole Shaffer, Duncan McGinnis, Nick Schlein, Oliver Bucka, who look to lead the team to new heights.
Despite the loss of last year’s seniors, the high-powered Bear attack game should still be strong this season due to Shaffer, Schlein, and McGinnis all returning. This group of offensive players has been with the team through two championships, and has gained valuable experience from the last two seasons. This experience is a key to the Bears success this year as the veteran player guide the team through a talent filled league.
In addition, the defense will also be strong with Peyton Uphoff and Bucka returning. Furthermore, the defense is anchored by senior goalie Griffin Waymire, whose strong play last season helped the Bears repeat as champions.
However, the road will not be easy for M-A. Matching up against tough private school opponents such as Menlo and Sacred Heart, the Bears will have to stay focused on their ambitious goals throughout the season in order to not fall behind the competition.
Peyton Uphoff commented on these goals, saying “Our goal this year is to make it into the final again and hopefully win another championship for a three peat. We have the talent and the experience to win it all. We need to work together as a team and out work our opponents during practice and during the game.”
The Bears have plenty of time to get acquainted in the next month of practice before the season kicks off at the end of the month.
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