On Saturday, the Cardigan Varsity Lacrosse Team took the field with an opportunity to make history by accomplishing an undefeated season for the first time since 1987. The Cougars came out firing and took an early 3-1 lead, but Eaglebrook hung around playing physically, pushing the Cougars to be their very best. With the pressure on and the importance of the rivalry game and history on the line, the Cougars stayed true to their teammates and played as a group. The Cougars pulled away as the game continued with great passing, strong ground balls, and important faceoff play as well as solid defense and midfield riding. In the end, the Cougars won 14-5 pushing the season record to 17-0, which may be the most wins in a season for any Cardigan Lacrosse team. Congratulations to this special team of young men and coaches who came together working through adversity and all challengers to make this a special season to remember. Thank you, boys!
Ryan Frost, Head Coach
James Forse, Assistant
Cam McCusker, Assistant
Mr. Frost has more than 20 years of experience coaching lacrosse. He is a former Captain at Franklin & Marshall College, coached a State Championship team at Durham Academy, and a Final Four team in Texas. He was also named Houston-area Coach of the Year. Mr. Frost is also Cardigan’s Director of Athletics.
|2||Miles Kim||Attack||Woodland Hills, CA|
|3||Yaniek Gallego||A / M||New York, NY|
|4||Cam Cyr||Attack||Exeter, RI|
|5*||Quinn Cepiel||Attack||Concord, NH|
|6||Boo Pilaro||Goal||Southampton, NY|
|7||Cooper Warrington||LSM||Edina, MN|
|8||Riley Shaw||Midfield / FO||Washington, D.C.|
|9||Ben Baroni||Defense||Portsmouth, NH|
|10||Brogan Lamb||Defense||Kent, CT|
|11||Jack Glowacki||Midfield||Duxbury, MA|
|12||Ben King||Midfield||Manchester Center, VT|
|13||Dylan Biggs||Midfield||Vineyard Haven, MA|
|14||Lachlan Simmers||Midfield||Norwich, VT|
|15||Chad Leach||LSM||Londonderry, NH|
|16||Gannon Peters||Midfield / LSM||Charlotte, NC|
|17||Carsten Viravec||Midfield||Hinsdale, IL|
|18*||Tre Ahn||Midfield||North York, Ontario|
|19||Bryce Terry||Midfield||Conway, NH|
|22||Isaac Abbott||Defense||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|23*||Rocco Pace||Defense||Needham, MA|
|24||Billy Lyons||IR||Quechee, VT|
|25||Noel Dalton||Goal||Annapolis, MD|
|26||Jacob Pereira||LSM||Devonshire, Bermuda|
|27||Julian Popowich||Goal||Portland, OR|
|29||Kyle Murray-Smith||Attack||Norwich, VT|
|30||Silas Van Vranken||Midfield||HInesburg, VT|
On Monday, the Cardigan Varsity Lacrosse Team traveled to Proctor for a Home game vs. Pinkerton Academy that had to be moved due to the Cougar’s wet field conditions. Proctor Academy again hosted the Cougars on their outstanding turf fields. The Cougars came to play going up 3-0 at the end of the first period with all players getting in the game early. By the half, the Cougars were up 9-0 and were looking good. The Astors fought hard in the third quarter scoring their only two goals of the game and held the Cougars scoreless. In the fourth, the Cougars responded scoring three more to take the 11-2 win. The Cougars will finish up the season hosting rival Eaglebrook on Saturday to end the season.
On Saturday, the Cardigan JV and Varsity Lacrosse Teams mixed their squads to create two new teams for the Lakes Region Jamboree. The two new mixed teams each faced off in shortened Jamboree games vs. Proctor Academy and Kimball Union Academy. Both Cougar teams went 2-0 vs. the visiting teams. In the final game of the weekend, the two teams faced each other with the winner taking home the Jamboree title. As both teams were in their home green uniforms, there was a battle of rock paper scissors to see who would wear the practice pinnies on top of their uniforms. The teams battled each other hard and had a great day. The pinnies team jumped out to a 3 goal lead only to have the non-pinnies tie the game at 3-3. Late in the game, the pinnies hit the back of the net two more times taking the day with the 5-3 win. Overall it was a great day!
Cardigan Varsity lacrosse hosted an athletic and talented Phillips Exeter team today and picked up the 8-4 win. The Cougars started a little slow under the pressure of Lions and their quick sliding defense. The Cougars chipped away, battling back and forth with the Lions at both ends of the field. In the end, Cardigan had several players step up with big goals and great plays on defensive to help secure win number 15 on the season. Varsity lacrosse will next join forces with the JV team on Saturday, splitting the two teams up to make two new, more equal teams, to take on KUA and Proctor JVs in a round-robin Jamboree format.
Varsity lacrosse traveled south to Eaglebrook on Saturday to take on their rivals in the first of two matchups in the next two weeks. The Cougars played hard and had moments where they moved the ball well, playing beautiful lacrosse. The Eagles hung around all day, never letting the Cougars get too far in front. Reilly Shaw ‘19 was dominating on the face-offs, winning all of his draws and Julian Popowich ‘20 was again strong in the cage. Cardigan spread the playing time around evenly and several players scored on the day. The Cougars will face off against Exeter at home on Wednesday. They will see the Eagles at home to end the season on May 25th.