Kids look to build looking to continue the process
The Northampton boys’ lacrosse team has entered year two of head coach Jace Shively’s program rebuild and is looking to earn respect in the East Penn Conference.
“We want to build on what we started here last year,” Shively said. “Last year we tore up the old house and laid a foundation for the new house.”
“Our players are starting to see both sides of the ball. We are eager to play against any opponent and keep the game competitive.”
Northampton dropped its first two games of the 2018 season to Nazareth and Freedom. Senior Greg Milnes, junior Matt Tretter, sophomore Dario Walnock and sophomore Damon Hudak each recorded goals against the Patriots.
While the wins have been difficult to achieve, Shively is very pleased with the commitment of his players. Following a difficult first season, the K-Kids have bought into the rebuild that the program is undergoing.
“The best takeaway I had was learning how dedicated these student athletes are,” Shively said. “They have been against the wall for a while and they buy into what I am trying to teach them about life and the game.”
Shively said that the K-Kids’ senior class has been instrumental in keeping team morale high. Logan Curran and Milnes are the two senior captains.
But the future of the program lies in the hands of the underclassmen. Northampton has 16 sophomores and juniors on its roster, led by junior captains Kyle Wescoe and Matthew Wiest.
“Kyle Wescoe is a junior midfielder that has truly jumped in the pool with two feet,” Shively said. “From the end of last year up until the end of our preseason, I found myself never wanting to take him off the field.”
Northampton will travel to Liberty on Friday, April 6 followed by a home game against Emmaus on Saturday, April 7.