Boys’ lacrosse looks to turn season around

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Photo courtesy Kyler Hamlin

Lacrosse defender Kyler Hamlin stands firm against a Blair forward .

The boys’ varsity lacrosse team currently sits at a record of 1-4 with a win against Blair, but losses to Churchill, Whitman and Walter Johnson. The team has three more remaining games, not including playoffs against Whitman, Blair and Walter Johnson. Head coach Ralph Bernardo will look to try and change course and turn this team around.

Obviously it isn’t fun to be 1-4 but I have had fun at practices and games with my teammates and it has been good to get to know the coaches.”

— Max Gracyalny

Junior Max Gracyalny is in his first year of lacrosse for Wootton and has enjoyed every second of it. Gracyalny played lax when he was a lot younger but wanted to get back into it this season. Gracyalny is no stranger to Wootton sports as he has played football all three years of his high school career. Although the boys are 1-4, Gracyalny has still had fun with his new teammates and friends. “Obviously it isn’t fun to be 1-4 but I have had fun at practices and games with my teammates and it has been good to get to know the coaches,” Gracyalny said.

Junior Bradley Luts is in his third year on the team and his first year with varsity and has enjoyed it. Even though he hasn’t gotten a ton of minutes, he is still having a good time with his teammates and is learning from the older varsity guys. “It was unfortunate that our season didn’t happen last year but I am excited for the end of the season and our playoff run,” Luts said. 

Senior Kyler Hamlin has also been playing lacrosse all four years of high school and has enjoyed every minute of it. Hamlin, along with Gracyalny, also plays football so they are both used to the physicality that lacrosse brings. Hamlin is a long stick defender who uses a stick that is much longer than everyone else’s stick. “Using a long stick was definitely something I had to get used to but it didn’t take long and I was able to get in the flow of things,” Hamlin said. 

Senior Jack Grange, along with Hamlin and Gracyalny, plays football and thinks football is more physical than lacrosse but he still loves to play lax. Grange started playing lacrosse during his sophomore year and has played ever since. Already having a senior night in football, Grange looks forward to walking across the field with his family for his lacrosse senior night. “Obviously it will be emotional but I am excited to finish out the season strong with my teammates and coaches,” Grange said.