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Shaler boys lacrosse team ready to rebound from tough start

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The season has gotten off to a rough start for the Shaler boys lacrosse squad. An influx of youth on the varsity team coupled with a brutal opening schedule for a 1-4 start.

But the good news is coach Ken Sines has a group of freshmen — 17 in all — that went 31-1 during the past two years. Those freshmen now on the varsity team (who number 16) will join a solid nucleus of upperclassmen who are gelling each game. Sines expects the ship will be righted in time for a possible division title and playoff push.

“We have been starting five freshman and have others contributing,” Sines said.

The attack position is made up of senior Nate Devlin, who is second in scoring for the Titans after leading the way last season. Sophomore Zach Weidner had 19 goals as a freshman and has 11 goals and two assists this season. Freshman Jack Albright has seven goals and three assists in four games. The attackers have kept the team in some games, and with a good midfield, things could come together sooner than later.

Junior midfielder Ian Reagle and freshman Zach Romac also form a formidable tandem.

“We are finding chemistry,” Sines said. “What is hard is these kids never played together before, because they are far apart in age. They were in different grades at different points, so we are focused on this team right now, not on individual games. We are becoming more cohesive.”

The defense, the veteran group for the Titans, includes senior captains Mark Thon and T.J. Yarnell.

The Titans are missing Tyler Peck due to a broken hand. Peck led the team in ground balls before the injury.

Sines brought on a new staff to help him coach, and they have been running different systems.

More man-to-man defense has been a transition for the seniors, but Sines said his seniors have been doing a good job.

Shaler will play at Moon on April 19, at 8 p.m. before a trip to Norwin on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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