Prep has a rich history of sports. Decades and decades of basketball trophies, track plaques, and football medals line the walls of the cafeteria -- a testament to the true greatness of these programs and all they have accomplished.
This year, a fledgling program is attempting to make space in the world of Prep sports, aiming at breaking into the sports world and having a place on that wall all their own. Boys and Girls Lacrosse have hit the Prep, and they're here to prove that they can play with the best of them.
The Boys Lacrosse team is off to an amazing first-year start. With three games already won, against Mount Saint Michael (5-3), Xaverian (12-3), and Stepinac -- a 16-0 shutout -- the team is anxiously awaiting the day they face their next opponent. Every day after school, the team practices for about two hours, rain or shine, covered in mud or sunblock.
Because this is only the boys team's first year of existence, it is part of the Junior Varsity league. The coaches hope that if their incredible streak of success continues, the team might have a chance of playing in a varsity level league.
Assistant Coach Mr. Vogelson says, "Each team member, including me, learns new things about the sport every day. In these first few months of playing together, we as a team have grown closer and have tried to focus on trusting and relying on each other as teammates and as friends."
The team's biggest asset, he says, is that "we are fortunate to have a group of guys that really want to improve. It's a struggle to become better, but it's great that each member is willing to take the time to learn and work on the basics of the sport."
As a coach, Mr. Vogelson seems more interested in having his team members bond than having his team be the best or win every match. But if the latter is his intention, he seems to have exceeded thus far. The team has yet to face Farrell, Iona Prep, and Fordam Prep.
"I hope our team learns a great deal from this first season. It would be great if we won every game we played, but I'm more interested in having our weaknesses exposed so that we can begin to prepare as soon as possible for next season. I really enjoy coaching these guys. It's something that I look forward to doing after school," Mr. Vogelson says.