By Danny Emerman.
After an early exit in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the Foxboro Warriors, the Boys Lacrosse team has rebooted.
With a high-powered offense and solid net-protection, the Eagles (10-9 record in 2015) are poised to contend for a Davenport title and recover from their overtime loss that ended last season.
“I think we have a much tougher mental fortitude this year and we’re going to be able to fix those losses in tough situations,” senior captain Mark Bloom, who led the team in points last year, said.
Led by Bloom and senior Craig Titus on the attack and UMass commit Josh Rotman in the midfield, the Eagles won’t have trouble finding the net.
“Between Matt [Cancian], Craig [Titus], and Bloom, our offense is one of the scariest in the state,” Rotman said. “We have a duo in the midfield and a duo on the attack so when those two are blending we simply cannot be stopped.”
Rotman led the team in goals last year and was the lone Eagle who earned Hockomock All-Star honors.
“I think the sky’s the limit with our team this year. Whenever a team has a group of young talented guys under a strong few guys up at the top then anything is possible. I’ve played with Matt, Mark, and Craig for ten years now and this is our last run,” Rotman added.
The weakness, however, has been identified as the defense. Senior captain Mark Bloom says that first-year head coach Peter Desisto will solve their defensive woes.
“Our new coach, Coach Desisto played defense in college and that has pretty much been his focus throughout his coaching career,” Bloom said.
“So far in practice, he has really had a strong focus on bolstering our defense and letting the offense run as it usually has, which has worked in past years.”
Sophomore Johnny Greenberg agrees with Bloom and says that young guns will need to help solidify the defense.
“With our coach’s background, our focus is on plugging the holes in the defense. We’re going to have some kids step up,” Greenberg said.
Coming off a stellar freshman campaign, Greenberg expects “nothing short of success” despite the shaky back line.
“Our team is going to win the Davenport division and make a run for the Hock.”