Captains practice kicks off the boys lacrosse season

Boys lacrosse have started their preparations to go back for the season through captain’s practices at the Stillwater Rec. Center and have high expectations for this season.  They plan on going to state this year and playing the best they can with this new, young team.

This year, the team is receiving a new head coach, Peter Flock, after the last coach resigned.  These differences will mean many changes for the team in how it is run and what the expectations are.

Senior and captain of the boy’s lacrosse team, Isaac Albers, believed, “Practices are going to look very different and just how the team’s conducted and how the boys conduct themselves, on and off the field.”

The community of the team will continue to be strong, even with new members of the team who missed out on the last season.  They are welcoming new people and any challenges that will come their way.

We only have a few actual varsity returners, and it’s pretty much a new slate, new team, ”Albers explained.We “just got to get the eighth and ninth graders into the loop” Alex Corbett, senior and captain of the boy’s lacrosse team, added.

The captains of the boy’s lacrosse team hold their players to a high standard.  They want to be conference champions and go to state this year.

“My expectations are to go to state and go win. It’s been that every year and all the captains have held us to that standard that I’ve played under and I’m going to hold these boys too, ”Albers explained.

My expectations are to go to state and go win. It’s been that every year and all the captains have held us to that standard that I’ve played under and I’m going to hold these boys too.”

— Isaac Albers

Mahtomedi is on the top of the list to beat this year for the boy’s lacrosse team. Of the last 12 years of Stillwater boys lacrosse, Mahtomedi has beaten them out for state the last seven seasons.

“They always left a bad taste in our mouth, so I think it’s time to change this,” Albers described.

 “Everyone’s just got to put it 100 percent every day and as expected on the team…we think we can make it to state,” Corbett added.

The state has no restrictions for lacrosse at the moment with COVID and the sport is seen as intermediate risk by the NCAA.  This means the team will be allowed to practice without masks on the field and with full contact.

“Lacrosse will have a lot more leniency, especially with the vaccines coming out, ”Corbett said.

The boy’s lacrosse team is starting their season strong with captains’ practices and seems to have high expectations for this season.  Their season tryouts start April fifth, and their first game is on April 16th against St. Thomas Academy.