Boys Lacrosse Making Strides


Kent Arnold

Jacques Khoriaty #8 about to make a pass against Chantilly.

The spring sports season is finally underway, and boys varsity lacrosse is the team to look out for this season.
“We’re working hard to get better this pre-season so we should have a successful season this year,’’ sophomore midfielder Isaac Bell said.
Of their many lofty goals for the season, the team is perhaps most determined to make a strong playoff run.
“This season we want to be the best possible team we can be, win as many games as possible, and fight until the game is over by working hard in practice and pushing each other,” junior defender Jacques Khoriaty said.
Always ready and willing to learn, the players look forward to practices filled with various drills.
“Practices are about two hours long,” junior midfielder Tristan Jander said. “During this time we typically have positional drills like shooting and footwork before we come together and do full-contact offense versus defense scrimmages.”
This year, the team has fewer players than usual, but the Highlanders are looking to improve their weaknesses.
“Our team is not deep this year,” Coach Simmons said. “We are now working on not turning the ball over and being very proficient on offense.”
Last year, boys varsity lacrosse lost to Langley. This year they’re looking to take a win against their crosstown rivals.
“Langley is a talented team,” Jander said. “Our biggest difficulty last year was managing their face-off man and being able to capitalize on turnovers.”
Overall, the Highlanders are looking to have a strong season and a winning record, with hopes of winning the Liberty district.
“I’m excited for the upcoming season,” Jander said. “I feel like we have a talented team and good chemistry that could allow us to make a respectable playoff run.”