Last season, the Evanston Township High School boys’ lacrosse team won only three games and fell to Waubonsie Valley in the first round of the IHSLA playoffs. This season, the Wildkits hope to avenge that loss with a solid 2013 campaign.
“[My goals are] to have a successful season, a season where my seniors can feel proud [and] go out [with a bang], and for my underclassmen to get excited for next year,” said head coach Adam Hughes.
In order for the seniors on the roster – defensemen Evan Payne, Jack Collins, Keil Marzahl, goalie Tommy Otis, midfielders Josh Easington, Patrick Mulica, Geron Williams, attackers Ian Eulinberg, Taed Cejtin, and long stick midfielder Jack Egofske – to end their high school careers on a high note, Hughes feels his team can do so through “hard work, honoring the past and with discipline.”
Even though the Kits have 10 seniors on the roster, Hughes feels it is imperative for his team to develop team chemistry and to play as a team throughout the year in order to be successful. “The key for us is chemistry,” the coach said. “When we play as a team and each player performs his role, we play great.”
In addition to the seniors, this season Hughes will count on junior midfielder Charlie Cunningham and junior attacker Aidan Crowe to carry the load on offense. “Both are in their third seasons on varsity and I expect them to lead the offense,” said Hughes.
On the defensive side of things, Payne, Collins and Otis, along with junior Drake Smith will be relied upon to stop the opposition. “All [of them are] returning starters and they should be able to anchor our defense,” added the Coach.
When asked which teams or tournaments he is looking forward to this season, Hughes said, “We look forward to every game. The next game on your schedule is always the most important. You cannot overlook anyone.”
A few highlights on the schedule this season include the home-opener against Highland Park on April 9 at Lazier Field in Evanston. The Kits also have home games against Lyons on April 13, Conant on April 17 and Cary-Grove on April 20. They take on Central Suburban League foe Glenbrook North on April 23, then archrival New Trier the next night. They also visit Barrington on May 7 and will take on Glenbard West on May 9. They get their chance to avenge last season’s playoff loss in a rematch against Waubonsie Valley on May 15 and in the season finale, they take on Wheaton-Warrenville South, on May 18.
Well before those matchups, the Kits take on Maine South on April 4 and Naperville North on April 6 before the home-opener on April 9 against Highland Park.
If the Kits are able to play with discipline and work hard throughout the season, as Coach Hughes said, look for them to make some noise and to send the seniors out with a bang.