Windsor High School boys’ lacrosse team ready to learn

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Apr. 25, 2012
Schaller Clarke makes a run for Windsor during the team's April 14 match-up. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Schaller Clarke makes a run for Windsor during the team's April 14 match-up. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Taking Lombardi’s words to heart, 12-year Windsor High School boys’ lacrosse coach Jim Dallesander is grooming an inexperienced, youthful Warriors’ roster into a future team to beat.

“Our goal this season is to play as a cohesive unit,” Dallesander said. With the assistance of coaches Seb Mangiafico, Shawn Royce, Matt Hoffman and managers Quinby Pepin and Sara Cleveland, Dallesander is taking 27 teammates, primarily underclassmen, from green to game-ready.

Returning from a 10-8 2011 season with only two seniors - Devin James and Joey Mallifiloni - Dallesander is looking for big contributions from junior Riley Quinn, and sophomores Robby Zawalski and Sam Sedergren. “Riley is an attackman and a returning veteran on a very young team. He has an incredible work ethic and surprises the coaches every year from his off season training,” the coach said. “Robby is a midfielder with a tremendous heart and work ethic. Sam, another young veteran with varsity experience, runs the defense. He has a talent for being so young, and there is no limit to his future in lacrosse.”

Off to a rocky 0-6 start, the Warriors are down but not out. When asked for the team’s greatest strength, Dallesander replied, “They never quit.” That determination will be vital in the second half of the season as Windsor comes up against league powerhouses like Tolland (May 8) and Somers (May 10). Dallesander lists East Catholic, Rocky Hill and Berlin as good match-ups for the Warriors. “We are all about the same skill and game experience,” he said.

“We have many challenges to overcome,” the coach added, “but our kids are ready and eager to learn.”

Fans of Warriors lacrosse can support the team in a Shoot-A-Thon currently in the planning stages for May. Full details will be published on the school website, A complete schedule of upcoming games can be found at

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