New boys lacrosse program sets goals for inaugural season

Junior David Nicholson prepares for the face off at the April 17 game against Blake. “[Creating a team] was a step in the right direction for the schools,” Nicholson said.

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Junior David Nicholson prepares for the face off at the April 17 game against Blake. “[Creating a team] was a step in the right direction for the schools,” Nicholson said.

Lauren Boettcher, Staff Writer

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In a fast paced game like lacrosse, teams are constantly making changes to adapt to their opponents and different game situations. The boys lacrosse team at St. Paul Academy and Summit School has made more than a few changes in preparation for their upcoming season.

While many of SPA’s sports programs are easily settling back into their teams and getting ready to pick up where they left off, the Boys Lacrosse team is trying to bring a group of students from six schools together to create a varsity level program. “Last year we had a club team that was made up of twelve different schools and then we wanted to go into high school league,” junior David Nicholson said.

As a club team, they did not compete against other schools with varsity programs, instead playing against communities like St. Louis Park, Becker, Duluth, and Wayzata. “It was a step in the right direction for the schools themselves, moving towards a solo program for all the schools involved,” Nicholson said. “Theres also more competition and more room to figure out your schedule.”

Despite combining with Minnehaha, DeLaSalle, Concordia, St. Agnes, and St. Croix Lutheran, the team is still struggling to gain numbers. There is currently only one team, with no JV players to build a JV program.

This has afforded students who have not played the sport before the opportunity to try it. “I wanted to play lacrosse, and when I was told about the team I wanted to play right away,” sophomore Mark Ademite said.

The boys started their season with a loss against Providence Academy on April 15 but hope to rebound in their upcoming games on May 8 and May 11.

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