Boys’ lacrosse starts off season with win against Reagan


Madison Ayres

The boys' varsity team huddles after their game. They defeated Reagan 11 to 5 on Feb. 28 to open up their season with a win.

With big wins on the road Thursday at Ronald Reagan High School, the boys’ lacrosse program kicked off their season opener with high energy. The junior varsity team won 17 to 5, and varsity won 11 to 5, setting up big expectations for the rest of their season.

“Starting the season off with a win fuels us to keep practicing hard and competing,” junior varsity attacker and sophomore Brandon Knight said.

For junior varsity, freshman Luke Maxson led the way with six goals, followed by sophomore Drew Holland with three goals, sophomores James Young and Caden Ulmer with two goals each, freshman Gray Tyrey with two goals and sophomores Will Fullwood and Hudson James each with a goal. The team’s hard work contributed to the high scoring game.

“The game was encouraging to see how well we can work together and how much we can accomplish as a team,” Knight said. “I am proud of this team for already meeting some of our goals. It’s really just a fun team to be a part of.”

Sophomore Joe Hirvonen led the varsity team with five goals, followed by senior Clayton Joyner with two goals and a goal each from sophomore Duncan Glover, junior Blake Lett, senior David Cooke and senior Gavin Turnmire. Joyner also contributed with three assists, along with Lett with two assists and juniors Declan Feeley and Taylor Soukup with an assist each. Senior captain and goalie Tyler Holland had nine saves for the Vikings.

Turnmire “dominated” the face-off, as described by Will Satterfield, the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach.

“I’ve fallen in love with the face-off position and worked in the off-season to learn and improve as much as possible,” Turnmire said. “I get a feeling of accomplishment when I see that my hard work has paid off and how it benefits the team.”

With their first game under their belts, both teams are taking what they’ve learned and moving forward. With time between this game and their next, they will go back to practice hoping to continue improving their skills and weaknesses to come out stronger every week.

“We push each other to the limit every day and work hard so that no other team will outwork us,” Hirvonen said. “Go Vikings!”

I am incredibly excited and optimistic about this season. I feel like we have a really well balanced team with a lot of talent. There is really good chemistry on the team, which I feel, as well as others, is the most important part.”

— senior Gavin Turnmire