Boys’ lacrosse suffers defeats with inexperienced team

March 31, 2015 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

With a 14-0 loss to Los Gatos High School on March 27, the boys’ lacrosse team dropped its record to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the De Anza League. Before the loss to Los Gatos, the Falcons lost to Gunn 11-7 on March 20 and Palo Alto 16-5 on March 18 and beat San Jose Latino Prep 15-4 on March 17.  

Sophomore midfielder Aiden Peck said that at first, Gunn jumped out to a big lead as the size and experience of the Titans was overwhelming. The Falcons managed to cut down the lead to two goals over the course of the game, but the score never got closer, eventually ending in an 11-7 defeat.

“It was pretty much a neck-and-neck game; however, the early deficit was too much to overcome,” Peck said.

Peck said the game against Palo Alto was similar to the Gunn game as both teams had bigger and more experienced players.

Despite the consecutive losses, Peck saw some positive takeaways from the games.  

“For such a young team we did manage to score a lot of goals which is something we can hopefully build off of,” Peck said.

According to head coach Bill Krutz, the team has struggled due to its inexperience, as the majority of the team is comprised of freshman and sophomores.

In addition, the team has struggled with the transition to the upper league.

“We are basically playing upper league games this year with a really young team with a lot of new players,” Kratz said. “As a result, we are basically playing in a varsity league with a junior varsity team.”

Instead of focusing on the results of the games, Kratz seeks to improve the skills of the players and to make sure players are getting better as the season progresses.

“Our future is going to be great as we have a lot of great athletes who are picking up the game,” Kratz said.

So far, Kratz has been impressed with the significant  improvement of all the players and the contribution that they have made to the team.

Peck has already established himself as the team leader, according to Kratz, and has “gotten everyone out on the field to play.”

Due to printing deadlines, the Falcon could not cover the games against Leland on April 1.