by Aaron Jaffe ’21
For the 2018 boys’ varsity lacrosse team, the season hasn’t gone as planned so far, and not in the way you may think. The team’s first game was supposed to on the road against Blake, but due to a spring snowstorm the team may not get into action until after spring break.
After a second-round loss in the playoffs last year, the team feels confident they can exceed last year’s Warriors. Second-year Coach for Sherwood Matthew Schneider believes that the team’s balance and combination of physicality and smarter play will get the Warriors a few more wins.
“Our team wants to be physical and smart. Lacrosse is a contact sport, but it requires discipline and intelligence. We will push the pace when the opportunities are there but we want to be patient and deliberate when the situation calls for that,” said Schneider.
In previous seasons, Sherwood has had a defense that gave teams nightmares but as coach Scheider sees it, the offense may take a bigger step as the more dominant side of the ball without losing too much of a defense presence.
This year’s Warriors are led by seniors Wes Rhoades and Donovan Lacey, who look to live up to the team’s expectations of getting a shot at Regionals. Along with the captains, Sherwood has a plethora of athletes such as Michael Feeney, Peter Feeney, Jack Hanrahan, Tristian McKneely, Zach Scott, Dylan Grant and Johnathon Zibragos, who have Schneider excited about the team’s capabilities.
“I have been impressed by our attack and midfield so far in preseason. We have a lot of good athletes at those positions” said Schneider.
No matter when the Warriors play Blake, their first home game will be on Tuesday, April 3rd against Magruder, and then go back on the road to face Northwood on April 6th. The Warriors look to get a hot start to the unconventional season.