RHAM lacrosse heads to state tournament

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Jun. 1, 2011
RHAM prepares for the first game of the state playoffs, scheduled for June 1 against Guilford. Photos by Melanie Savage.
RHAM prepares for the first game of the state playoffs, scheduled for June 1 against Guilford. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Just last year, the RHAM lacrosse team participated in its first season as an official varsity high school sport. RHAM posted a 5-11 record for that season. The team lost eight seniors, “and this year, we’re going to lose eight more,” said head coach Kyle Bowler.

This year the team started out strong, and has maintained its momentum throughout the season. The team finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, with a number-four seed in Division “M,” and were scheduled to play number 13-seed Guilford in round one of the state tournament on June 1.

“If our kids come to play, I think we should hang in with these guys,” said Bowler. With two strong seniors in goal, the Sachems possess all-around strength on the field. “We have two very strong goalies,” said Bowler. And with junior Ryan Peterson providing backup in goal, the Sachems should be in good shape next year as well. “I think we should have a successful season next year,” said Bowler.

Bowler, with experience in high school and college lacrosse in his background, took the helm for RHAM last year. “I enjoy coaching, giving back to the kids,” he said. After leading the team alone for 2010, Bowler picked up two assistant coaches for 2011. “That helped a lot,” he said.

Bowler’s players give him credit for strong leadership. “He’s a good guy,” said senior defenseman Sawyer Hill. “He definitely knows when we need to go hard, but at the same time, he likes to have fun.”

If RHAM beats Guilford on June 1, its next game will be held on June 4 at 3 p.m., opponent and location to be determined. Check www.casciac.org for details.

 

Spotlight Players-

Senior Geoffrey Connors

Goalie, #24

Connors, a Hebron resident, started as a midfielder. About six years ago, he was moved to goal, “and that’s where I’ve been ever since,” he said. Connors plans to attend Sacred Heart University in the fall, where he would like to play lacrosse.

 

Sophomore Mike Luby

Center Mid, #15

Luby is a Marlborough resident who has been playing lacrosse for four years. He also plays football for RHAM.

 

Senior Taylor Leahy

Midfield, #23

Leahy, a Marlborough resident, has been playing lacrosse since the seventh grade. He also plays hockey for RHAM. Leahy plans to attend Western Connecticut State University in the fall, where he intends to play lacrosse.

 

Senior Kevin Fitzgerald

Attack, #14

Fitzgerald, a Hebron resident, has been playing lacrosse for six years. He also participates in cross-country. Fitzgerald plans to attend St. Michaels College in Vermont, where he intends to play lacrosse.

 

Senior Matt Goodwin

Midfield, #7

Goodwin has been playing lacrosse since he was a freshman at RHAM. A Marlborough resident, Goodwin also plays football for RHAM. He plans to attend Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, where he hopes to continue playing lacrosse.

 

Junior Sawyer Hill

Defense, #17

Hill is a Marlborough resident who has been playing lacrosse since middle school.


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