Boys’ lacrosse: Team battles injuries

April 23, 2010 — by Parul Singh and Kim Tsai

Concussions, dislocated arms, pulled hamstrings; the list of injuries sustained by the Falcons goes on and on. Five starters, senior Adam Oreglia, juniors Alex Polcyn and James Hadid, sophomore Nicolas Doyen and freshman Chance Cox are all sidelined due to injury.

“[The injuries happened] one after another and for the next two or three games we just had a really hard time coming back, but we won on Saturday against a team [Archbishop Mitty] that we probably shouldn’t have,” said Oreglia.

Oreglia, the team captain, was forced to sit out with a collarbone injury after running into another player during a game against Burlingame in late March. However, Oreglia is expecting to be back on the field playing games soon.

Cox and Polcyn were both injured during the team’s game against Palo Alto.

“Injuries happen, helmets can’t protect you from everything,” said Polcyn. “This many players being injured is definitely affecting the line-up.”

Although injured, Cox still feels optimistic about the prospects of the team.

“The coach isn’t too worried about the injuries because he knows that we’ll be back and he knows that we can still play and perform well.”

The main problem, Cox feels, is the lack of substitutes which has caused many of the players to play full games without rest. “The other players are getting tired a lot because they’re playing the whole time. We have almost no subs but I think they can push through” he said.

The team won beat Gunn 9-6 on April 20 and against Archbishop Mitty 11-10 on April 17. As of April 3, they had a league record of 2-4.

“It’s been hard on us the last couple of games. We’ve been losing a lot, but we were still able to push through like this Saturday. We played Mitty who has a really good team, and we beat them with five of our starters hurt,” Cox said.

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