Glastonbury High School boys' lacrosse team to be powered by youth and defense

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Apr. 4, 2013
Glastonbury Boys Lacrosse Team
Zach Zavalick (foreground) is part of the GHS boys' lacrosse team's welcomed youth movement this season. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School boys' lacrosse team may have to overcome a rough start to the year in order to be successful. While the team lost only one starter to graduation, it is still young, with only six seniors. The tricky part is that the team will be without several key players – many of them senior starters – due to injury, at least to start the season. 

“We've got some people on the sideline,” said coach Mark Landers. “We've got some young guys stepping in and getting an opportunity to play."

The Tomahawks' strength will be “back-to-front,” with senior goalie John Kaplan anchoring the squad, and defender Matt Parmalee, also a senior. “Our defense is going to drive our train – there's no doubt about it,” Landers said. “I believe our defense can be one of the best defenses we've ever had, if they want to be. Our defense is going to keep us in any game, and then we'll find ways to score.”

The attacking half of the squad is less-experienced and young, Landers said, but is coming along quickly. “They're going to need more reps, but that's what they are getting now,” he said. “We may be a little out of shape, but those are things we can work on.”

That will actually be key to the team's overall strategy and mentality, moving forward, rather than waiting for help coming off of the DL. “We won't be worrying about the guys who are out, or how long they'll be out for,” Landers said. “We believe in the guys we have on the field. As the season progresses and guys get healthy and come back, we'll have to figure out where they go.”

Landers said every game will be a test, and that the Tomahawks have a tough schedule. Despite a mostly-younger team, many of them have varsity experience, and that will also help carry the team.

“We'll look to progress and get better, and then we'll hopefully be playing our best lacrosse at the end of the year,” he said. “Our success will depend on our communication, chemistry, defense and certainly our depth.”

The Tomahawks start the season against Weston on April 6, and then host Southington on April 10.

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