Parker Cane and Will Kelley
This summer, New Hope-Solebury had a summer lacrosse team. The games were every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The team had up rising ninth graders to twelve graders. The NHS lacrosse team did fairly poor last season with a 5-11 record. In the summer, Coach Corino offered new players and veteran players the chance to play in a league called Arrowhead. Arrowhead is a league that has different schools with grades to 9th to 12th. This is to help out beginners and experienced players. New Hope’s record during the Arrowhead season was 2-4. This year, especially since lacrosse has became such a popular sport in the nation, the team had a lot of new players that needed game experience before the regular season rolled around.
The team only had about 15 players last season. Some players were in their first year of the sport while others had been playing for a long time. The team last year was mostly made up of five-six experienced players and the rest learning or not as experienced. Most of the scoring was generated by the attack and some midfield, the attack consisting of Devin Bock, Liam Curran, and Matt Firth For the team.The team has some incoming freshmen who are experienced and can contribute to the team at a high level. This year New Hope will have about 30 players. Due to the multitude of increase in new players, the defense was made up of Matt Kilgariff, Derek Donohoe, and Will Ebeling. They were solid last year but allowed too many goals. The midfield, made up of Nolan Curran, Nils Dahlin, Jay Macdowell, Ryan Stephens, and Ryan Meyers, was strong carrying a stable defense and offense.The goalie, Chris Braun was a first year player but was surprisingly skilled and good for a first year player.
In the winter, the team does weightlifting along with a lot of different drills to get the team ready for the season. Coach Cornio offers an option of box lacrosse, box lacrosse is lacrosse played in a gym or court with sidewalls and no out of bounds. Players get practice passing, shooting, jukes, stick skills and game like experience. Overall lacrosse is a fun sport to play and recommend to anyone who is interested in playing.