Lakeridge boys lacrosse hopes to surprise again in 2018
In many ways, the Lakeridge boys lacrosse team was the surprise of the 2017 state playoffs.
The Pacers, after finishing just third in the Three Rivers League regular season, entered the playoffs as the 10th seed, then battled their way into the state quarterfinals before dropping an 11-10 decision to second-seeded Jesuit.
As promising as that big finish was, Lakeridge also finished with a losing record (11-12 overall) for the first time in program history, a fact the Pacers would very much like to remedy in 2018.
"We should be competitive this season (but) … we are coming off the first losing season in our program's history so we have a lot to prove before we can be considered a contender," said Lakeridge coach Curt Sheinin.
This year's team will be led by senior midfielder Nick Brisbee (a first-team all-TRL pick in '17) and a quartet of senior captains — Emmett Jones at defender, Jimmy Ryan at midfield, Victor vanAlebeek at defender and Miles Moscato (a transfer from West Linn) at midfield.
"We are fortunate to have exceptional senior leadership this season," Sheinin said. "Our captains not only excel in games, but they are leaders in practice and off the field as well, leading by example."
Other senior starters expected to play a major role on the team are goalie Aaron Park, defenders Gus Hearn and Mitch Gerot, and midfielder Michael Dudek.
The regular varsity rotation is also expected to include sophomore midfielder Jack Savage, junior defender Jackson McGinley, sophomore midfielder Ty Glumbik, junior attack Ty Delancellotti, junior attack Hunter Daskalos, junior midfielder Will Scadden, junior midfielder Wes Jackson, sophomore attack Luke Lamont, junior midfielder Nolan Russell, junior defender Cole Shanks, sophomore midfielder Thiago Achar-Winkels, senior midfielder Fletcher Mount, senior midfielder Connor Huggins and junior defender Cole Dennett.
With all those pieces in place, it's just a matter of blending them all together and figuring out what kind of team this year's Pacers will be.
"The keys to success are continuing to improve offensively and defensively, consistency and staying healthy," Sheinin said.
Also ready for varsity time this year are senior defender Alejandro Segura, junior attack Kyle Turner, sophomore attack Colby Trask, senior midfielder Artyom Karyukin, senior midfielder Nick Hoddevik, junior midfielder Will Howie, senior defender Gus Hearn, sophomore goalie David Nyhus, sophomore goalie Alex Gilman, sophomore defender Zach Onustock, senior defender Marcus Monroe, freshman defender Kai Anderson, freshman attack Jude Cowie and junior defender Ronan Skidmore.
That said, Sheinin and the Pacers understand the challenge of the Three Rivers League season.
"West Linn and Lake Oswego should be considered the favorites in our conference," he added.