Boys’ lacrosse prepares to face a Colorado team

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Chase Gornbein

On March 25, the boys’ lacrosse team will kick off their season against unfamiliar opponent, Aspen High School, who will be traveling all the way from Colorado to play the game.

Known as the “Skiers,” the Aspen High School boys’ lacrosse team will play two games against teams from Long Island on March 23 and March 24 before scrimmaging against the Wreckers.

Staples head coach Paul McNulty was able to squeeze this game into Aspen’s tight schedule because he has known the head coach of Aspen High School for many years.

When McNulty was the head football coach at Wilton High School, Michael Goerne, the current head coach at Aspen High School, played for McNulty.
Goerne approached McNulty, told him about his trip to the East Coast, and asked if the Wreckers would be able to scrimmage the Skiers.

Coach McNulty was ecstatic.

“Anytime we get the opportunity to play a high caliber team from Colorado, we will take advantage of it” McNulty said.

As for the Wreckers, they have maintained a relatively calm approach towards the scrimmage against Aspen, and many players see it as just another game.

Ben Schwaeber ’16 doesn’t believe playing against a team from Colorado will alter the Wreckers strategy and game plan. “Lately, our mindset isn’t focused on the specifics of their team [Aspen High School], or scouting their team, but just getting ready for our season as a whole,” Schwaeber said.

Connor Chamberlin ’16 agreed with Schwaeber, as he felt ready to get the season under way. “It’s going to be an interesting competition, since I have never played a team from that part of the country, but it’ll be a great way to start our season off blazing,” Chamberlin said.

Co-captain Lucas Jackson ’15 is not over-analyzing the game and sees it as any other game.

“The team is from out West, so it should be cool to play against them; but we’ve prepared for them like we’ve been preparing for every other game this season,” Jackson said.

This highly anticipated season opener is bound to draw in a large crowd.
An avid “superfan,” Greg Fisher ’15 is extremely excited for the game.
“I can’t wait to watch the game and lose my mind,” Fisher said. “All I know is that it’s gonna be loud.”