The Plymouth North boys lacrosse program made tremendous strides this spring.
PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth North boys lacrosse program made tremendous strides this spring, and now the Blue Eagles have their eye set on even bigger accomplishments next season.
Just two years ago, the Blue Eagles managed only one win. This season, they finished 7-11 and placed two players onto the Patriot League All-Star team. With only three seniors being lost to graduation, head coach Chris Perry is thinking about a state tournament appearance in 2020.
"I am beyond thrilled about our prospects for next season," he said. "The goal first is to make the tourney, but our ultimate goal is to win a playoff game. This program has never won a playoff game."
The Blue Eagles will graduate attacker Henry Meader, midfielder Tim Newcombe and defender Ned Martin, who were all solid contributors to the team’s success. But they return their two all-stars, sophomore attacker Jack O’Connell and freshman goalie Ted Golden, along with top scorers Jason Norwood (25 goals) and Sean Riley (18 goals).
O’Connell led the team with 41 goals, while Golden emerged as the starter in net before the season even began, allowing the Blue Eagles to shift junior Andrew Dias to defense.
"O’Connell is a goal scorer for sure," Perry said. "He’s only a sophomore and the future is bright for him. Golden made some unbelievable saves all season and really kept us in games."
Dias anchored the defense alongside juniors Mike Dillon and Chris Tamulionis. Up front, the Blue Eagles also received offense from attackers Conor MacLeod, a junior, and his brother, Alec, a freshman.
"This was a big step up for us this season, from our captains and seniors right on down the line to the sophomores and freshmen," Perry said. "The kids worked hard day in and day out, and it really felt like a family."