Eagles poised to soar in second half of season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Fri., Oct. 12, 2012
Tolland junior defenseman Steven Koss (#31) shoves a Lewis Mills opponent out of the way in the Eagles' 16-4 win over the Spartans on April 26. Photos by Steve Smith.
Tolland junior defenseman Steven Koss (#31) shoves a Lewis Mills opponent out of the way in the Eagles' 16-4 win over the Spartans on April 26. Photos by Steve Smith.

Tolland High School's varsity lacrosse team would appear to have found its high gear after a 16-4 decisive win over Lewis Mills on April 26. The win brings the team's record to 4-4, but according to coach Victor Hurtuk, the Eagles have been making big strides, from back to front, and it's starting to show on the field.

“It was good to get back on task,” he said. “The offense has been moving the ball very well. We interchange a lot of different bodies, and they share -  we're a very selfless team. Our defense brings it up, and they know to draw the ball and get it to the open guys. It doesn't matter who's got the ball. They all feel comfortable with each other to find the net.”

There is still plenty to work on in practice, including getting the players to be even more in sync.

“We still need to work on communication,” Hurtuk said. “We're fine-tuning things. We've got to be more consistent in our play. We've got to keep working on keeping out of the penalty box. We're consistently playing a man down. If we can keep it even strength, we basically handle the game very well.”

With the recent momentum, hopes for the rest of the season are high.

“We're getting our speed up as we're getting into the meat of our schedule,” Hurtuk said. “We need to move the ball a little quicker to get into playoff mode, although we're not there yet.”

With seven seniors and 10 juniors, the experience is there. Three freshman attackers have also seen time. “They look like seasoned veterans,” Hurtuk said.

“We certainly want to be above .500 the rest of the season,” Hurtuk said. “We still want to contend for the conference, but losing to Farmington put a little crimp in our plan. We still have RHAM and Newington coming up. If we can take those games, and Windsor and Rockville, we've got a good shot of going into the conference tounament, and that will put us into the state tournament, as well. So, it's within our grasp.”

Tolland faces RHAM on May 1, East Catholic on May 2 and Ellington on May 5.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.

 


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