Windsor Warriors boys’ lacrosse on the attack
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Sat., May. 7, 2011
Sidelines at Windsor High School’s Jack O’Brien Stadium are full of excitement this season. Lacrosse fans throughout town are turning out in droves, cheering on coach Jim Dallesander and his 35 formidable Warriors as they strive to repeat last year’s CCC East tournament championship.
In his 10th year with the boys’ lacrosse program, and his first as head coach, Dallesander looks to his upperclassmen for team leadership. Graduating four seniors in 2010, the Warriors currently carry 10 seniors. “Last year we finished at 10-8,” he said. “This season our greatest strength comes from our many seniors and the varsity experience they bring to the team.”
With a first-round loss to Conard in the 2010 state playoffs, the Warriors are working toward a stronger finish in 2011, weighing each opponent equally. Dallesander takes one game at a time, but is zeroing in on specific games of interest. “Our biggest rivalry is with South Windsor,” Dallesander said. “We are always competing with them for the conference championship.” The Warriors will face South Windsor on May 14 at SWHS.
“I would like to see the team more disciplined on the field,” Dallesander said. “We need to work for the best shot, play great defense and stay out of the penalty box.”
The pressure is on team goalie Perry Booker; his job defending the Warrior goal would have most athletes in an understandable state of panic, but not Booker. “You have to relax,” he said. “If you get all stressed about it, you won’t have fun, and that’s what we’re out here to do - have a good time.”
With a current record of 4-3, the Warriors will face stiff completion in upcoming games at Northwest Catholic May 18, at Somers May 20 and at Suffield May 23. A complete schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.
Windsor High School Boys’ Lacrosse Head Coach Jim Dallesander
Number of season with this team: 1
Assistant Coach: Matt Hoffman and Joe Lancour
Seniors: Chris Reid, Perry Booker, Eddie Burke, Matt Bianci, Alex Sedegren, Scott Mcomber, Justin Daniels, Alec Demitrius, Steven Elliot and Cory Fullana.
Goal for the season: “Our first goal is to win the CCC East conference,” Dallesander said.
Chris Reid – Senior, Attack: Reid began playing lacrosse in fourth grade. “Chris is a fierce competitor who has the ability to take over a game and change the outcome,” Dallesander said. He will be attending DePaul University in the fall.
Perry Booker – Senior, Goalie: A four-year lacrosse player, Booker began playing for the first time at WHS. “Perry is a tremendous addition to the team; he makes a difference in every game,” the coach said. Booker plans on attending American International University in Springfield.