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Boys lacrosse looks to build upon last seasons success

Team welcomes new head coach
Connor O’Malley ‘24 faces off for possession of the ball against Wheaton Academy on March 14 (Klos/LION).

With a record of 17-5 last season, the boys varsity lacrosse team looks to continue its recent success and compete for a conference championship under the hand of new coach Charlie Kidder. This season, Kidder returns to his alma-mater, where he started on the LT varsity lacrosse team from 2015-2017 and was named second team all-state in 2017.

“The thing that excites me the most is the opportunity to create a team environment that allows the athletes to succeed on a level that’s deeper than just lacrosse, ” Kidder said. “I respect the players’ dedication and I intend to match that with my own commitment.”  

After graduating from LT in 2017, he went on to continue his lacrosse career at the University of Minnesota, where he played one season (2019) after redshirting (withdrawing from participating in games in order to develop skills and gain an extra year of eligibility) his freshman year, which forced him to be ineligible to compete in games all of the 2018 season. His sophomore year he appeared in 21 total games, recording 26 goals and 22 assists playing as an attackman. 

This year, the LT team is set to play 16 regular season games, as opposed to last season’s 19 regular season games. 

“We want to take everything one day at a time and reach our full potential,” Kidder said. “We aren’t worried about anything besides playing the best lacrosse that we can.” 

With the loss of multiple key varsity starters, this year’s team will feature many players with limited varsity experience, Charlie Mckerr ‘24 said. 

“Although we didn’t get a ton of experience in varsity games last year, we were learning behind great players and great people everyday,” Mckerr said. “The experience of practicing not only with, but also against them everyday prepared us very well for the position we are in now.” 

Another returning player, Jack Campbell ‘24, was one of the few non-senior starters last season. The experience in varsity games as a junior is something that he believes will give him the upper hand this season, he said. 

“I’m most excited to show what I have improved upon from last year,” Campbell said. “While I knew I was good enough to be out there, this year I will have the opportunity to show off the skills I have been practicing constantly.” 

The boys will compete in their next game on April 2 against Waubonsie Valley High School at 7:15 on Bennett Field. 

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