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Veteran Lansdowne boys lacrosse squad opens the season with optimism

Lansdowne High lacrosse coach Brian Brown enters his third season as head coach of the varsity with a roster loaded with experience and determination.

Lansdowne High lacrosse coach Brian Brown enters his third season as head coach of the varsity with a roster loaded with experience and determination.

The squad includes 17 seniors and Brown is familiar with several of them.

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"They all moved up with me when I was a JV head coach, so I've had this group of seniors for four years now," said Brown, who was the JV coach in 2014.

The returning players are motivated by last year's 6-8 team, that finished with three straight losses, including one to Frederick Douglas in the first round of the Class 3A-2A North Region playoffs.

"We've got a lot of people who actually care," Brown said. "We didn't end the season well last year and they put a team together over the summer and they all played together."

Although the Vikings only scored three goals in a season-opening 6-3 loss at home to New Town on March 22, Brown expects the attack to be strong with a trio of seniors who have been with the program for four years.

Senior tri-captain Tyler Ellis, an All-Division second team attackman last year, was the leading scorer last year and he had a goal against New Town.

"He (Ellis) is the rock on the team," Brown said. "He's the one that everybody looks up to."

Joining Ellis on the starting attack are seniors Matt Smelser and Seth Hughes

Seniors Paul Gaylon and Eli Andrews and junior Austin Sparrow started on the first midfield against New Town and Gaylor netted a pair of goals.

He (Gaylon) played a pretty good game," Brown said.

The second midfield unit against New Town included juniors Phoebus Floyd and Nick Lee and senior Donte White.

Senior tri-captain Jake Beck anchors the defense.

"He has played some really good defense," Brown said. "He's been kind of leading the way and setting the tone for the defense."

Seniors Tom Weedon and Billy Haas and sophomore Gavin Thompson are also defensive stalwarts.

Senior goalie Steven Cordova was an All-Division second team keeper last year and he made 15 saves in the opener.

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"He's a standout on defense," Brown said. "We have some defensive pieces around him and all of our experience is on offense."

Seniors Raoul Meva, Luis Mendez, and Aaron Martin and juniors Nico Imbraguli, Tyler Perdue, Drew Davis, Damontez Rawlings, Kaleb Laws and Ryan Probst add midfield depth.

Seniors Gorsha Reitterer and Noah Condon and junior Miguel Mendez are reserve attackmen.

Seniors Octavio Vasquez and Patrick Lester are backup defenders and junior Jordan Myrick is the second-string goalie.

"We've got depth," Brown said. "We've got people who want to be here. People who are athletic and who want to ball."

An improved New Town squad, that lost to Lansdowne, 7-5, last season, didn't let that happen in the opener, but that didn't diminish Brown's expectations for the season.

"I expect at least a 10-win season and to compete for a division championship this year because we have the pieces to do it," Brown said.

Attacking midfielder Sparrow thinks the team will improve as the season unfolds.

"It's just early in the season," Sparrow said. "All we've got to do is just get our things right and get everything set together and then we will be a great team."

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