QV boys lacrosse hopes to build on historic run
It was a historic season for the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team in 2013.
The Quakers went 13-4 last season and reached their first WPIAL Division II title game. Along the way, Quaker Valley captured a Section 3 title and hosted the first home playoff game in program history.
With a large group of returning talent and emerging youngsters, the Quakers are looking to continue the success.
“We only lost four or five seniors,” Quaker Valley coach Bill Marcotte said. “They were great players. But we have done a nice job of transitioning the younger kids to a high-pace tempo. We have missed some of the hockey and basketball guys early, but we have had close to a full roster. That has really helped with running drills and individual workouts. We have got a good indication of how some of the younger players fit into our plans.”
Leading the Quakers’ offensive attack will be seniors Jake Trovato and Jimmy Perkins. The duo wrecked havoc against opposing defenses last season as Perkins finished as the Division II player of the year after scoring 90 goals. Trovato received postseason honors for faceoffs.
“They are both fine players,” Marcotte said. “It is nice to see some of the young kids commit to lacrosse in the offseason. (Junior) Jared Vescio is a special guy, as are (sophomores) Mike Clark and Tyler Smith. They all played lacrosse in the offseason. They really stepped up on their own and will complement our two seniors.”
The defense will be strong with the return of several players. Junior Aaron Cunningham is back, as well as junior Jack Regueiro, who was thrown into the mix last season when senior Garrett Powell went down with an injury. Senior Otto Schaefer will play a part in the defense.
Elliot Sajda will return at goalkeeper after a strong freshman campaign.
“We took a gamble last year,” Marcotte said. “We started him as a freshman, which is something I don’t normally do. It isn’t usually easy to do just not for the physical side but also the mental side of it. We asked a ton of him and he delivered in key games. He gained a lot of valuable experience and gained some confidence. He is becoming more of a vocal leader.”
The returning experience will be needed as Division II will have several strong teams this season. Marcotte said Greensburg Central Catholic is a contender as is Shaler. Last season’s Division II champion Seton-La Salle went through a coaching change and will need to replace several players but will still be strong.
Despite a difficult schedule, a sixth straight WPIAL playoff appearance should be a minimum for the team.
“I think a lot of the younger guys have realized a championship is so close,” Marcotte said. “The ultimate goal is to recognize the opportunity we have. The guys have put lacrosse up a notch in their list of activities. We have young guys coming up and had great offseason workouts. We are a bit more prepared than we are in the past.”