By Will Willems
Expectations are high in Zionsville for the boys lacrosse season.
The team returns many key components from a 13-5 season and is a contender to make a deep state tournament run.
“This program has been around a while now so I think our expectations have always been to do well in the playoffs, get to the final four and get to that state championship game,” Zionsville head coach Matt Garvey said.
“Year in and year out, that is the expectation, but we always say it is a process. If we can make improvements each practice and each game so we are peaking in May, that is great. But we look at it as a process.”
The Eagles saw themselves against another team Saturday, March 9, when they hosted Park Tudor for a scrimmage.
While the first week of practice hasn’t been ideal because of the weather, the Eagles looked strong.
“It has been kind of a weird start because of the snow we got,” Garvey said. “We have really only been able to do full field stuff for a couple of days. For doing that, the scrimmage was pretty good. Park Tudor is a good, young team. They are athletic, but we came out and played well. There are some little things to work on. We want to improve every time we come out, practice or games, improve on little things. With the team we have, a lot are returners, but it is a weird predicament because we have three freshmen and five sophomores; so we are young in some spots, and that is where we have to improve on some things.”
Garvey said the young players stepping in and being able to play right away shows how far Zionsville lacrosse has come. The team went to seven final fours in an eight-year span, including two state titles, in 2003 and 2006, and runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2007.
“I really like it,” Garvey said of the youth and experience. “With the way the program has grown and our youth program has grown, we are seeing younger guys coming in better prepared to play right away. I like the way we are made up right now. We have 10 seniors who really all get along. There are no cliques, they can all laugh at each other, and they do it a lot. All the classes are great. The seniors really stand out though.”
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