Chartiers Valley boys lacrosse blends experience, talent
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The bad news about Matt Giglotti's first season as Chartiers Valley boys lacrosse coach was the 5-10 record.
The good news is only one of the starters from the 2013 squad was a senior.
The Colts return a loaded lineup as they look to make the WPIAL Division II playoffs for the first time since 2012.
“We lost some great seniors, but some were only first-year guys,” Giglotti said.
Senior attacker Nate Collins returns after being the Colts' go-to scorer last season. He will be joined by midfielders senior Ben Wasson, junior Kevin McGoogan and sophomore Mike Weiss.
The defense will be led by senior long-stick midfielder Tyler Morrison. Junior Pat Malcolm returns after starting last season.
Noah Zajicek, who was played offense last season, has converted to defense.
Junior goalkeeper Sam Geffrey returns as a two-year starter. While he holds the experience, he is being pushed in practice by sophomore Mason McClain for the starting spot.
“They are always in a friendly competition,” Giglotti said. “They each want that spot on the varsity roster.
“That kind of competition makes for the best practice atmosphere.”
The team will welcome two first-year seniors in Andreo Coury — who will be the team's faceoff specialist — and Brandon Robinson, a soccer player who will be a defensive-minded midfielder.
“We are lacking depth,” Giglotti said. “We have a total of 34 players in the program. We will use some freshmen this year at the varsity level. Cian Malcolm will see the field as an attacker.”
The future is bright. Between the varsity and junior varsity teams, the Colts have five seniors and seven juniors. The bulk of its players (22) are underclassmen.
Giglotti said Section 2 of Division 2 will be wide open this season after defending WPIAL champion Seton-La Salle lost several key players. He mentioned Baldwin, Canon-McMillan and Moon as contenders.
While it is an uphill battle, Giglotti said this team will be able to improve on the results of last season.
“We want to find success,” Giglotti said. “The more success we have, the more kids will want to join the team.
“We want to get better every day and become contenders in the section and WPIAL.”
The Colts return to the field tonight, Thursday, for a home game against Greensburg Central Catholic.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. start.
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