Men’s lacrosse team loses early but looks to strong team chemistry to improve

Photo Courtesy of W&L Generals Athletics

Photo Courtesy of W&L Generals Athletics

Elly Cosgrove

Despite early season success over top-ranked teams such as Denison, the men’s lacrosse team still has room for improvement, A.J. Witherell, ’19, said.

The Generals have started out their season with a 2-3 record. However, their success against top nationally ranked programs has proven that they have great potential for the rest of the season.

According to Witherell, the team has four main goals this season: to have great team chemistry, win each day, win ODAC championships, and win a national championship.

Head Coach Gene McCabe said improving each day and building great team chemistry will only add to the team’s success as their season continues.

“We feel like if we keep getting better and keep coming closer together, we are going to find our groove,” said McCabe.

Last year, the W&L men’s lacrosse program graduated 12 seniors. According to McCabe, the team is very young this year. Fourteen of the athletes who play for the Generals are freshmen and sophomores, he said. “We’re young, but we are really talented,” McCabe said. “We have a bunch of kids who really care about

it and who work really hard.” Strengths for the Generals can be found across the board. The team’s attack is a huge strength for the

program as well as their midfield line, which is led by captains Jonathan Henry, ’16, and Joe Perrella, ’16. The team is also talented on defense, but is younger.

Now that the season is well underway, Witherell says that he does not plan to look past any games because each and every one is important and “a chance to prove ourselves as a team.”