By: Josh Moro
With spring approaching, the lacrosse team has kicked off its season and will begin Chicago Catholic League play in the third week of March. For the 2017 season, the CCL has been cut into two divisions; Rice will be in the second group along with other schools like St. Francis, St. Laurence, and Providence Catholic. With this new change to the league and fewer teams to play, the lacrosse team has an even better chance to win their division and become a dominant force in the state.
After a very rusty and average season last year, the varsity team looks to make a statement not only against Catholic League foes, but also to square up against some of the top teams in the state like Loyola, New Trier, and Fenwick. Even though the Crusaders have a surplus of determination, the roster is still quite young with two starting attackmen as juniors, an LSM (midfielder with a long stick) as a junior, and other junior and sophomores scattered throughout the roster. The Crusaders may not have age on their side, but they make up for it with the overall talent on both sides of the field, and the leadership from the senior class. As the season starts, the lacrosse team will confidently follow and look up to Paul Gliva (junior), Gavin Flynn (senior), and Andrew Lis (senior who just committed to Clarke University).
Now that the season has started and the team has a blank slate, the Crusaders have a lot of high hopes for the upcoming months ahead. The lacrosse team will strive to make a name for themselves as they look to rack up wins and capture their first Catholic League title in school history. Richard Godsel, a junior, said, “Our big goal is to finally get a banner in the gym.” The whole lacrosse program will look to become the first team in Brother Rice history to win a Catholic League title even though the program itself was established only a few years ago.
With over the top talent, amazing leadership, and a very determined coaching staff, the lacrosse team has made it clear that the main goal of this season is to raise a banner and celebrate the first championship in the school’s history.