Lake Forest boys’ lacrosse team enters first ever varsity season

Lake Forest's boys' lacrosse team will be playing its inaugural varsity season. (Special to The Journal/Bill Mitchell)

Lake Forest’s boys’ lacrosse team will be playing its inaugural varsity season. (Special to The Journal/Bill Mitchell)

FELTON — When a new sports program plays its first varsity schedule, a losing record for the season is likely.

However, that may not be the case for the Lake Forest boys’ lacrosse team, which opened its inaugural season Monday at home against Sussex Central (results of the game were not available at press time).

Among the reasons why the Spartans may not experience the new program growing pains are its number of players, the capability of those athletes and last year’s junior varsity 5-4 winning record, which was the first for boys’ lacrosse at Lake Forest.

“We are really looking forward to this season,” said Lake Forest junior Austin Aguilar. “For those of us that played last year, having that winning season really has boosted our confidence.

“We have all been working hard to improve every practice and are always looking to improve, which is the kind of mentality you need for a winning season.”

Like most of the returners, as well as the newcomers, Aguilar’s first lacrosse experience is at Lake Forest.

“I have played ice hockey for seven years and a lot of my teammates played lacrosse,” he said. “Up through middle school I played baseball, but I was always open for new things. So, when I tried lacrosse, I really liked the sport.”

Even though this is only his second year playing lacrosse, Aguilar was named one of the team captains and takes the responsibility very seriously.

“As a captain, all of the new kids look to you as a teacher,” he said. “I don’t mind taking the time to show them the proper fundamentals such as cradling and catching and throwing. My main objective is doing whatever I can to help them improve their games.”

Aguilar went on to say it would mean a lot if the Spartans could get the season off to a winning start.

“Getting off to a good start would set the tone for the remainder of the season,” he said. “No matter what happens, I know this team will play hard to do their best.”

Lake Forest first-year head coach Brandon Savage is looking forward to the Spartans inaugural varsity lacrosse season.

“I know this will be an exciting season,” said Savage, who played high school lacrosse at Dover. “If our guys go out there and play the way we know they can, we are going to have a good season.”

Savage and his coaching staff have already overcome some of the problems caused by growing pains.

“There were only a few kids that we started with that have played the game before,” Savage said. “Even with most of the kids being new to the game, they quickly learned the skills that are needed to play lacrosse. They will only get better as they continue to work and practice their stick and ball skills.”

The Spartans will have their strengths as they take to the field this season.

“As a team at this point, we do have great leadership,” said Savage, who was an assistant for five years at Dover before taking over the Lake head coaching job. “A lot of our players are juniors or younger, which means we are setting up for the future of lacrosse here at Lake.

“I really feel we can make some positive noise in the Henlopen this season

Savage does have concerns which need to be addressed.

“My number one concern for this team is just their lack of knowledge of the game, which can only be taken care of by time,” he said. “Lacrosse is a very hard sport to learn.”

In addition to posting a winning record their first season, Lake’s goals are to get better every day and game.

If the Spartans first varsity scrimmage is an indication, they are learning the game quickly.

“We beat Milford and Newark by 7-5 scores,” said Savage. “Then we lost to Dover but you could see that our players were very tired.”

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