Close Game for Men’s Lacrosse
By Sarah Kamal
Northside’s Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team has been known to dominate on and off the field. If you step out back any time after school, you can see the team practicing diligently in the soccer field and preparing to perform their best in their next game. This was no exception on Mar. 26, when Northside played against Taft at Winnemac Stadium.
The seats were filled with parents and students from both schools, enthusiastically cheering their team to victory. Despite it being the fourth game of the season, expectations were still high. By the start of the fourth quarter, Northside was down four points, but thankfully the Mustangs were able to mount a three-goal comeback, making the score 7-8. There was high tension all the way up until the very last moments of the quarter where one Northside student tried to shoot the goal that would tie the game, but unfortunately, he missed it. Northside was unable to continue the game in overtime, leaving the score 7-8. “Although it was not the ending we were hoping for, we couldn’t have played any better than we did. We’re still very happy with how we played,” said Stas Gunkel, Adv. 902.
The team understands that some things are more important than winning a game. This year, a majority of the members on the varsity team are underclassmen, some of whom have no previous lacrosse experience. Keeping that in mind, it is extremely impressive how well the team has been playing and how far they have been able to come in such a short time. The team has partnered with other schools such as Mather, Disney II, and Amundsen to improve its playing. Having knowledgeable leaders has also attributed to the team’s improvement as well. The coaches, Dan Applebaum and John Bannon, have experience both playing and coaching lacrosse. They both attended Oak Park River Forest High School where they were stellar lacrosse players. Being able to learn and train from the best is what ultimately improves a team, which is what has happened with Northside’s Lacrosse team.
A quote that their coach told the players last season still sticks with them: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Northside’s Lacrosse team will continue down a road of hard work and success, knowing that if you play your best, you have already won.