Hours In The Icebox


Craig Connor, Staff Writer

This winter, the Boys Lacrosse Team here at Westhampton Beach has been working out in frozen temperatures for the upcoming season. Extensive time both in the gym and out on the field are helping to ensure a successful season this spring for the Hurricanes. Many of the players on the team this year are very determined to improve upon the results of last season. After consistently being in the playoff hunt for the past few years, the team fell off the horse last year.

12th grader and middie/attackman Zak Jones scored the game winning goal in the season opener against Sayville last year. After the momentous win against one of the best teams in the division, it was a disappointing decline from there onwards in the season. “Well other than the fact that we went 3-13, we played down to teams we easily should have beaten,” said Zak. The whole team along with Zak has been battling through practices with temperatures of less than 20 degrees at some points, ”It really depends on how the weather is. If it’s really cold, not many show up but we usually have a good amount,” said Zak. All of the players have set goals for the upcoming season. The opportunity for redemption is on the horizon with the season starting in March. ”We have two goals, 1) 500 record 2) playoffs,” said Zak.

10th grader and lefty attackman Dylan Laube, was on the Varsity Lacrosse Team last year as a freshman. He is among many players on team in attendance at the frigid practices. After the disappointment of last season, he is anxious to improve his game. “I play in the summer, go to winter practices and just try to get better everyday,” said Dylan. While hard work builds skill and confidence it also boosts chemistry among the players. With many new faces on the team, getting on the same page with each other takes time. “Team chemistry and that one more look pass,” said Dylan. Long hours together in the cold and in the gym are helping to build an unbreakable bond between the teammates.

The team has been working very hard this year to improve upon the results of last season and make it back to the super six. Although the team lost many key players to graduation, new players are stepping up and filling their spots. The Westhampton Beach Boys Lacrosse Team is assuring a successful season. Their season will begin in less than two months.