As winter is coming to a close and spring is on the horizon, it presents new beginnings and opportunities. Spring sports are just starting up here at Westfield State and the men’s club lacrosse team seems to be having a successful year. Hopefully, they will improve upon their 3¬-6 record from last year.
The Owls have been practicing since the fall in preparation for this spring, which is treated as their varsity season. The team is lead by Captains Matt Haley at defense and Jake Tullock in net along with coaches Daniel Blinn and Nick Kates.
The season is still young and the Owls are continuing to kick the rust off. Haley says that the team is hoping to improve on their communication and organization.
“Communication and organization from top to bottom down from coaches to captains to players. So much of having a successful team is having a routine and sticking to it. Being able to organize yourself on the field to be prepared for any situation and know what is expected of you,” says Haley.
The Owls recently had a tough loss to the University of New Hampshire, going down 17-¬8. Junior attackman Jake Sargent was a huge contributor on offense. Sargent totaled three goals along with an assist. Freshmen midfielder Joshua Sawyer also tacked on a pair of goals, and freshmen attackman Thomas DiCalogero also had two goals. Junior defender Kyle Finamore had one goal and two assists.
On the defensive end of the field, Haley led the team with six ground balls. In net, Tullock only allowed four goals and had four saves to match. Assistant coach Nick Kates was very pleased with how the Owls played.
“The tourney went well. A lot of young kids stepped up. We are a young team in every aspect, but our strength is differently our defense lead by 1st team all PCLL all-star defensive specialist Josh Golden.”
Kates is optimisticabout the Owls chances against powerhouse UCONN. It’s one of the best teams they will play all year, and they have to come out of the gate ready to go and take the momentum early to get UCONN out of their game.
This team has a long season ahead and hope to end it with some hardware. Some of the players to watch who can make that happen are seniors Matt Gambale, and Don Tran holding down the midfield position along with junior midfielder Joe Zanchi, who has the speed to be a threat late in the game.
This team is full of young talent that is aching to get their shot at some playing time and prove that they can be an asset. The Owls are looking forward to the challenge that this season will bring, but they are still looking to take this season one game at a time.