Junior Aidan Cunningham (4) led the lacrosse boys in scoring, with 4 goals. The Cavs won their first game of the season, 9-4, against Bella Vista on April 20.

Kevin Huang
Junior Aidan Cunningham (4) led the lacrosse boys in scoring, with four goals. The Cavs won their first game of the season, 9-4, against Bella Vista on April 20.

In their first game of the season, the lacrosse team  beat the Bella Vista Broncos, 9-4, on April 20.

The Cavs had 11 players, allowing only one to be on the sidelines during play.

On the other side, the Broncos’ team was almost double that of the Cavs.

Freshman Benett Sackheim, a defensive specialist, did not know what to expect.

“Looking at the level of competition, I was unsure of the outcome,” Sackheim said. “The number of players (on the other team) was intimidating going into the game.”

Freshman Ben Miner, a midfielder, also was worried.

“I knew a lot of the players on the other team from playing outside of school,” Miner said, “and they are all individually strong players.

“But they couldn’t pull it together as a team.”

As for the Cavs, there had only been one practice where all team members were present, according to Miner.

“So seeing everyone show up and do their job was very satisfying,” he said.  

And do their job they did. Junior Aidan Cunningham led the team in goals, scoring four. Sackheim and freshman Tristann Dias both scored two, and junior Adam Dean scored one.

Even though this was the Cavs’ first game, they still showed strong teamwork, especially defensively.

“We could bring the ball to midfield easily and then take our time on offense,” Miner said. “So defensively we were very strong.”

Sackheim still sees room for improvement.

“We don’t have our offensive organization yet,” Sackheim said. “But going into the first game you’ve got to play it by ear on the field.

“We need to learn offensive possession of the ball for the next game.”

That game will be at home against the Cardinal Newman Cardinals on Friday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m.

—By Chardonnay Needler

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