Rams lacrosse program looks forward to next season
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., May. 27, 2011
Despite having lost its last game of the season on May 26 and finishing with a 2-14 season, the future looks much brighter for the Rockville High School Rams varsity lacrosse team.
With only three seniors graduating, this year's juniors and sophomores got plenty of on-field experience and are ready to take the still-building program to the next level.
Charlie Chatterton and Chris Siewertsen co-coached the team for the first time this year.
Chatterton said the team may have fared better, but was plagued by injuries. “We had a bunch of injuries,” he said after the team's final game, versus Newington. “Even today, we dropped three kids. We went from not having a lot, to even less.”
Next year should be an improvement, though.
“We have some real promising young kids, which is exciting,” Chatterton said. “We had senior captains [Austin Bernaiche and Ian MacDonald] do a great job leading a group of up-and-coming juniors.”
Defender Jacob Morey and attacker Mike Garrett are among those expected to start (and star) for the team next season.
“The key is, with these young guys, you keep plugging away and forging ahead,” Chatterton said. “If they continue to work in the off-season, they can only improve.”
Chatterton said that despite lacking depth, the entire team played hard this year. Even in back-to-back games to close the season, which was tough on the players, they still fought for shots on goal in the waning seconds of the season – something Chatterton said typified the tenacity of the team.
“Matt Tracey, a freshman, played midfield, defense, and attack last night,” Chatterton said May 26. “He wasn't in today, so we missed him. It's been a challenging season, but there's still been plenty of growth in the program.”
MacDonald, who is attending UConn to study computer science and engineering next year, said the season was good for the young team.
“Not a lot of kids had varsity experience,” he said. “We knew from the start that it was going to be rough going, but we pulled it together and had a couple of good games.”
MacDonald, who will play club lacrosse at UConn, said the final game for the Rams was a good test of the backup players.
“We didn't have very many subs,” MacDonald said. “We had second- and third-line JV kids in today.”
“Some of the younger kids who haven't played that much got a chance to be in there,” Chatterton said, “and I think that's real promising, too.”