SWHS boys' lacrosse is competitive, team-oriented
By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Apr. 12, 2012
Coach Jon Giordano, who has coached the team for seven years and taught physical education at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, is preparing the South Windsor High School boys' lacrosse team for upcoming games. One of the challenges he faces is having lost some of his star players to graduation last year.
“We graduated a starting goalie and a lead scorer, so filling these roles is imperative. It has been good so far and the returnees have stepped up,” said Giordano.
Positive teamwork and a hard work ethic are some of the the South Windsor boys' lacrosse team's strengths. “We have a close, hard-working group that competes well. There is strong leadership all the way around. We have 10 players who play mid-field, defense, and offense,” said Giordano.
Giordano explained that the defensive players need to be agile and very physical, the mid-fielders need to be able to play offense and defense, and the attack (offense) needs to be quick in using the skills and fundamentals they have learned. Two players to watch this season are seniors Ben Boilard and Chris Liakos, both mid-fielders, he said.
“I have been playing this sport for eight years," said Liakos. "I am torn between going to college for academics or for sports. I like to study physics and English. I like that this game is fast-paced," he said. "Our team has a lot of potential. They are young, which will show a lot of growth and a good year. So far we are doing pretty well, though we have made some minor mistakes. We just need to put the ball in the net to get some wins,” Liakos said.
Boilard wants to keep playing beyond high school, but at a club level. He enjoys studying business and math. “I play offense and defense as a mid-fielder. There is a lot of passing, dodging and scoring," he said. "Because we are a young team, we have not had much time playing together yet, but we will. We communicate and pass well. I really like my coach. He has been teaching me lacrosse since he was my phys-ed teacher in elementary school. He is the reason why I play this game,” said Boilard.
The team is committed to competition and practices every day for at least two hours. “Our challenge for this year competing in the west side of the conference is to show up and execute. We have strong athletes who are always competing,” said Giordano.