Lacrosse team faces recruitment challenges but remains optimistic

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The boys’ lacrosse team faced a number of obstacles prior to starting the season including recruitment issues and lack of practice time.

Jake Pizzi, Staff Writer

Struggling on the lacrosse field after going 10-6 last year and having to forfeit their last game due to COVID concerns,  Central’s Boys Lacrosse team faces more issues this year. 

After having eight seniors graduate and only 16 kids returning from the previous season, the Central Lacrosse team is facing a tough preseason of recruiting new players so they can have a team this year.

 “I am worried for the first time about not having enough players since its inception,” said coach Allen. Allen went on to say that they are making flyers to recruit and he encourages students to “not be afraid to try something new.”

 With the shortage of players, current lacrosse members are reaching out to student athletes to come to join the team. On October 5, tables are going to be set up during both lunches to get the word out about needing players and to stress how the Central lacrosse team is one big family. There are other recruitment options that are the last resort, but the seniors are hoping that they do not have to go that route.

“All the team has to do is ask their friends or talk to people that are trying to play a sport, that’s all,” said senior Ryan Rundle, lacrosse member. “For a new player, I’d say there is no reason you should be scared of getting cut. The more people we have the better.” 

Even with setbacks, returning lacrosse members are still pushing towards redemption for this season. After losing to Crosstown’s rival Wellington High 2020-2021 season, most seniors this season want to win the cup game at Wellington High school, especially because they came to Palm Beach Cental’s stadium last year and took the cup after an upsetting loss of 10-8. 

“My goal for this season is to win the Wellington cup in my last year as a Bronco, and also to have my best season yet and possibly make 1st team all-district,” said senior Dougherty Shoenfelt. “No, I am not worried about having enough players because this is not a new thing that the boy’s lacrosse team has had to deal with. We always scrape something up and surprise everyone.”

To athletes or students that are interested, senior players are promoting that anyone interested shouldn’t fear having a lack of experience, since they can improve throughout the season. One of the major selling points for members is ultimately the sense of camaraderie that’s part of the team. 

 “Our team is like a brotherhood,” explained Shoenfelt. “I remember coming into freshman year thinking I would get pushed around by my upperclassmen teammates and this was anything but the case. If you are worried about trying out and not being good, we have amazing coaches that can get you to the level that is needed to be a high school lacrosse player.”

Regardless of the number of players this season, members on the team are still optimistic about competing and making the most with what they have.

 “If you are athletic, we can teach you how to play,” said Allen. “We have had many players come out with no experience. Braydon Lofstead came out and is now playing in college after two years playing in high school. My goal for the players is to get better. Have fun and enjoy the brotherhood. Win the cup game!”