June 12, 2021
By Aliya Keith
Covid-19 did not stop the boys junior varsity lacrosse team from making history as LHS’ newest sport. The team ended its season with a 2-8 record.
Since this was LHS’ first season with a lacrosse team and many of the players were new to the sport, there was a lot of preparation that needed to take place.
“We [had] been practicing every day since March. Our team needs to focus on moving the ball around a lot more and talking to each other on the field,” said junior Anthony Branco, who co-captained with junior Daniel Martinez.
Branco, along with juniors Ryan Pando and Martinez, had experience playing lacrosse prior to joining the team.
“I have been playing lacrosse for 10 years now, and it feels really good to be a part of a team,” Branco said.
Pando said the team focused on improving their skills and having a good time.
“The responsibilities I hold as a player is to make sure everyone’s treating each other like a brother on the team and making sure they hold accountability for their actions and mistakes,” Pando said.
“We [had] been practicing every day since March. Our team needs to focus on moving the ball around a lot more and talking to each other on the field.”
He said the team faced complications early on in the season due to a shortage of players and the coronavirus.
“Covid has affected our season because one of the players got corona[virus], and so we were a teammate short for a few weeks,” Pando said.
Martinez said being captain came with extra responsibilities.
“The qualities of being a good captain are to demonstrate great leadership, be the hardest worker, respect, competitiveness and be passionate about what they do,” Martinez said.
Like Pando, Martinez said the team was at a disadvantage because it only had 13 players.
“However, those 13 players [were] willing to give it their all no matter if they [were] tired, hurt or frustrated,” said Martinez.