Lacrosse Seniors, Shooting for Success


Being a four year member of the lacrosse team (7th-10th) I thought it was appropriate to give reverence to this year’s graduating seniors. I asked our three seniors to reflect on their experience on the team as well as asking them about the programs future.

This year the Lacrosse team has a very special class of Seniors, these athletes are the first to complete four years of Varsity Lacrosse. Christian Nold, Angus Martin and Matt Leonard were all part of the inaugural season of Varsity Lacrosse at ODA as freshman; it has been four years and they have completed the commitment ending their high school career as leaders. All players have been four year starters, Matt and Angus are the leaders of the Thunder’s tenacious defense. Christian, the leader of the offense, leads the team in overall scoring over his four years.

Their transitions to leaders have been seamless and all have embraced the role.

“Being a leader this season comes with a lot of responsibility to set an example of how to act, and, therefore, comes with me acting more maturely in my behavior,” says Matt Leonard.

“I am enjoying the power trip,” laughs Angus Martin.

All players are seasoned lacrosse players, Christian and Angus began playing in 4th grade and Matt started in 8th grade when he moved to Florida. Veterans of the sport, the athletes have obtained a serious lacrosse IQ.

“He [Coach Robins] knows the potential of the team, which is why he pushes us so hard because he knows we can achieve greatness,” says Christian.

Coach Robins the new offensive coordinator has energized the team’s offense.

The lacrosse team hopes to send off their seniors in the best way possible. While lacking numbers the team is the closest it has been in previous history. The cohesive dynamic and positive leadership are evident during daily practice. The four seniors galvanize all the players to be the best they can be. The seniors are united in their desire to lead the team to a winning season. It is evident they inspire, the players, and in doing so raise everyone’s game.

The example they set encompasses an inclusive competitive spirit, a strong work ethic  and an unbridled love of the game.

“This will probably be the most successful year,” reflects Angus.

“Having less players just means that we will all be more in shape,” says Christian.

With the first class of four year players leaving, we can thank them for creating a formidable team that looks to challenge rival Cardinal Mooney for the district championship this season. Not only is the present benefiting from their play, the future of ODA lacrosse is in an optimal position for growth from their success.

“The fact that we have such a large middle school backing us is amazing as it guarantees a positive future for the program,” says Matt.

Because of the success of the varsity team, younger players are encouraged to play and new players are drawn to the program.

All in all this years seniors have made the lacrosse team what it is today. Throughout their high school career, they have been the stars of the team.

After the success they have brought to the school, we can only thank them and wish them luck as they head to college.