Feature Photo By: Izzy Honey – Freshman, Nick Pantuliano, and Sophomore, Jun Tizon chase after the ball during practice. Because the teams are combined this year, the team practices at Jewell Elementary.
By: Melony Erly, Review Staff
As the weather gets warmer, the boys lacrosse season is in full effect.
Last year the boys lacrosse team had an overall record of 1-13. The team lost all of their games last year, except against Denver North High School (11-4).
“Our team this year compared to last year is totally different,” said head coach Michael Dooley.
One of the major differences made to the team this year is that the team has joined all other APS high school lacrosse teams (Hinkley, Gateway, Aurora Central, and Vista Peak). The purpose of this is to build the APS boys lacrosse program.
According to coach Dooley, “We are one team united…these players have come together to play the game they love, lacrosse.”
This year, in addition to head coach Michael Dooley, the team has added Jacob Crane (former coach of Gateway), along with Eric Dinkel (former Rangeview lacrosse player and current teacher). Coach Mike Leleck will be returning this
year to work with offense. Coach Townsend is also returning this year to help the new players, and to help with the offense and goalies on the junior varsity team.
The changes that have been made are expected to make the team better than they were last year.
Senior Jordan Livingston said, “Hopefully we can get five or more wins and build a stronger base.”
The team had their first chance to play at a scrimmage on Monday. They played against another team and practiced the new skills they have been working on so far this season.
About the scrimmage on Monday, coach Dooley said, “We were a little rusty to start with but were able to get our feet under us and get a great workout with someone other than ourselves. This has been the first year since I have been here where we could get that done. It was a great help for us preparing for the upcoming game this Friday.”
The first lacrosse game was on Friday, March 13 at Lutheran High School. The team lost 16-8. Their next game is Saturday March 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Clear Creek High School.
According to coach Dooley, “Those who come out and watch lacrosse enjoy the excitement and action the game provides.”
For more information on the boy’s lacrosse team: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/rangeview-raiders-(aurora,co)/lacrosse/home.htm