Boys’ lacrosse sets sights on first FCIAC playoff win

Staples boys’ lacrosse hasn’t always been the winning program that it is today. With little to no hardware won in the past, the lacrosse team is hungry for a revival under head coach Paul McNulty. Following back-to-back State Championship games and a deep state playoff run last year, the Wreckers have high expectations for the 2016 season.

“Our senior class made it very clear the expectation is to end this season with rings. We want states and FCIACs. We expect nothing less,” Matt Johnson ’16, team captain said.

However, winning won’t be easy  in the lacrosse hotbed that is Fairfield County. With national top 15 teams like Darien and New Canaan and powerhouses like Greenwich and Ridgefield, the FCIAC is one of the most competitive conferences in the country.

This year, however, the Wreckers will play confidently and hope to advance in the FCIAC tournament, something the program has never accomplished .

“Obviously an FCIAC playoff win is a huge goal for this team. Every year we talk about doing something Staples has never done before, and that’s one of the few things left,” Ross Goldberg ’16, captain said.

With 12 college commits and more to come, the Wreckers boast talent all across the field. With Peter Berger ’16 in goal, Sam Ahlgrim ’16 and Josh Willis ’16 on defense, Ben Schwaeber ’16 taking faceoffs and the high powered attacker Connor Chamberlin ’16, the Wreckers show depth that will come in handy with a late tournament run in the cards.

For now, the Wreckers want to take one game at a time with all aims pointed towards the state championship.

“The program no longer has moral victories,” said  Michael Reale 16’. “We’re here to win.”