How Boys Lacrosse manages with a smaller team

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Imogen Rogers

Colin Wallace(‘22) prepares for the next play.

The Amador Boys Lacrosse season is in full swing, however  the roster numbers make for small teams with few substitutes.

COVID has definitely factored into the smaller numbers this year alongside players deciding to play different sports,” said Lacrosse Captain Alex Kragen (‘22).

Two years after its initial emergence, the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect daily life, including those of high school athletes presented with new challenges. Many sports have been affected by alternating coaches, game cancellations, and most recently, a lower number of participants.

“The drawback of smaller numbers is that we get tired a lot more easily during games. So far our biggest struggles have come in the third and fourth quarters of the game while we play our best in the first and second [quarter],” said Kragen.

Still, smaller numbers also offer benefits, as they allow for more visibility with the coach and fellow teammates. This results in discipline and trust being more deeply instilled in smaller teams.

“The benefits are that we are a closer team because of the size, and everyone is held accountable for what they do. It is hard to hide or skip practice without anyone noticing,” said Lacrosse Captain Johnathon Wessel (‘22).

When game time comes while tiring, the lack of substitutions has resulted in more personal relationships and communication on the field. The different positions work together more seamlessly because games mirror practice so well with the same rotation of players.

“I think that a benefit is that we have the same people for most of the game, so everyone knows each other’s play styles very well,” said Kragen.

Optimism and positivity are two things that have not been booted in light of COVID, thanks to passionate athletes and dedicated captains.

“My role as a captain is to set a level of effort and energy we want all players to have in the game,” said Kragen.

Lower numbers have not stopped the boys from feeling confident about this season’s present and future or from competing in a high bracket.

“I’m feeling good about this season so far. We’ve had some tough losses but have been able to put up with very good teams,” said Kragen.