Returning members of Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team are hungry for a championship (or two) after reaching the semifinal round of both the South-West Conference and Class L state playoffs a year ago.
That’s the good, encouraging news. The challenge — in addition to other formidable teams standing in the way — is that Newtown lost a large contingent of key players to graduation.
“Our goals are the same every year. We feel we have a shot to win SWC and state championships,” Newtown Coach Glenn Adams said. “We’re going to need some of the younger guys who don’t have varsity experience to step up.”
Senior captains are goaltender Evan Isaacs, defender Jack Kearney, and attack player Dan Hebert. Others whom Adams expects significant contributions from are attack player Graham Derrickson and midfielders Alec Beauchemin, Deegan Beauchemin, and Jake Ball.
“We’re going to be young defensively but we’ll be extremely athletic,” Adams said. “We’ll be able to run with a lot of teams.”
The Nighthawks begin the year with five straight games on the road before hosting Bethel on April 18. Tough teams in the conference include New Fairfield, Weston, Joel Barlow of Redding, and New Milford, Adams notes.
The Hawks prepare themselves for the postseason with some tough out-of-conference clashes, too, taking on Staples of Westport, Conard, Glastonbury, West Springfield, Mass, East Lyme, Hall of West Hartford, and Xavier of Middletown.