Lacrosse wins first two games of season


Printed with permission of Noelle Kim

A varsity lacrosse player runs next to an opponent in the team’s game against Culver City.

Ella Yadegar

The lacrosse team beat Brentwood High School 13-9 in its season opener on Feb. 22. The squad maintained its lead throughout the whole game, beating Brentwood 7-3 through the second quarter. 

Longstick midfielder Slater Vance ’24 said he is excited for the season, as it is his first year playing for the team.

“[The game] was a good start to boost our confidence, but we have a lot to improve upon, especially on defense,” Vance said. “We need to focus more on our footwork and chasing bodies rather than [our opponents’ sticks].”

Defender Matthew Murray ’24 said as the team continues to play games, they will only become more dominant both offensively and defensively. 

“At Brentwood, [the team] played with energy, but we did not really play to the best of our abilities,” Murray said. “It was also our first game, so it is going to take time for everything to come together. Overall, our team will be able to align the necessary pieces [to win].”

Long stick midfielder Brock Getson ’24 said he thinks the team was successful against Brentwood because of the players’ energy and effort. 

“We might’ve made a few mistakes throughout the game,” Getson said. “However, our grit and drive helped us pull out the win in the end.“We have a lot to work on, but that’s natural because it’s the beginning of the season. Specifically, we could communicate better, but I’m sure that will be ironed out as we gain our chemistry and progress through the year.”

The team then beat Culver City High School 10-7 in a home win on Feb. 25. 

Murray said that even though the team no longer has the seniors from last season, he still feels that the squad is filled with skilled veterans and new players. 

“We have a really talented team this year, and I think we can be very successful,” Murray said. “We’re definitely aiming for [California Interscholastic Federation playoffs] this year, and I am very [excited] about that.”

The team’s next away game will take place March 1 against Oak Park High School.