Steve DeFeo, Westminster's boys lacrosse coach, said he doesn't think Connor and Logan Covey ever put their lacrosse sticks down.
The sophomores, and identical twins, are in their second season with the Owls — Connor adds depth to the midfield and Logan mans the goal in place of Johnny Hulsman, who graduated last year. Described as "highly entertaining" kids by DeFeo, the brothers have established themselves as crucial factors to the Owls' early success.
"If they're not at practice, they're at home working on their game," DeFeo said. "Then they play club lacrosse, winter lacrosse then play for our team. They're playing lacrosse year-round … they play all the time and they're well known in the club circuit. It's just a natural gift, they love the game and have so much passion for it. They don't view it as work, they view it as what they were meant to do and it pleases them."
Logan's rookie season didn't go quite as planned as he sat out most of the year with a knee injury. DeFeo said he let Logan play a few minutes of a game after he was cleared later in the season, but didn't want to risk further injury by letting him play too much.
The Owls also utilize fellow sophomore Tre Price in goal. Price started in one game so far this year, and DeFeo is equally impressed by both boys' talents. He referred to Logan's reflexes as "cat-like" in the goal and said he's unbelievable to watch.
He has compiled 50 saves and allowed 42 goals so far this season.
"I'm really excited," Logan said. "Johnny had a great year last year. I just have to do my job and play just as good and keep my eye on the ball."
Connor, on the other hand, stood out in the midfield as a freshman. DeFeo said he never had a freshman on the team that accumulated more points at the end of a season than Connor did. DeFeo felt confident enough to put him on the wing during the face-off in an attempt to win ground balls — a task he believed Connor (nine goals, three assists) could handle.
"You have to be a certain speed and have a gritty player attitude," DeFeo said. "You have to be hungry for the ball and have good stick work to be on the wing. Connor had that as a freshman and we have him there to this day. He probably will be for his four-year career with us."
The brothers started playing lacrosse when they were 2 or 3 years old. Their older brother Tyler, a Loyola Blakefield grad, plays at Florida Tech and learned the game at a young age as well. Their father, Jim, taught them the basics and they eventually joined recreational leagues to build their skills.
The Coveys have a younger brother in seventh grade and he also plays lacrosse. The sport certainly runs in the family, Logan said.
"Our dad told us to hit the wall and keep shooting," Connor added. "It's awesome for me. My brother plays goalie so I can practice my shot and I practice with him all the time. If you're bored sitting at home, get the balls out. We're not video game guys, we like being outside and shooting."
The brothers have gradually come into their own in adapting to their specific roles with the Owls (4-1, 1-0 in the county) and have equally high expectations as the season, and their careers, progress.
"Everyone playing together and having fun just playing lacrosse," Conner said. "We're close brothers off the field also. You can see us move the ball quick and we're always looking for the next man. It's the same off the field; if a brother falls, we pick that brother up."
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article misidentified Tyler Covey, Conner and Logan Covey's older brother.