Wheeler, Wyman look to lead the team towards their state goals

Drew Greene, Sport's Editor

After finishing with a 12-5 record last season, the boys lacrosse team is looking to come out on top in the state championship. After the first two months of their season, the team is currently sitting on a 5-2 record.

This year’s team is led by a variety of players. Currently, sophomore Nick Krug has scored the most goals with 20. However, senior Aidan Wheeler and sophomore Blake Wyman are both up there with Krug, with 18 and 17, respectively. Defensively, junior Matthew Birken has helped lead the team to three games allowing less than five goals, including playing a big part in keeping a clean sheet against Glen Allen in a 20-0 victory on Mar. 14. Additionally, sophomore Bo Kite has contributed to the team’s success through faceoff wins. Kite currently boasts a stellar 65 percent record, winning 63 out of his 98 faceoff opportunities.

While the team has many strong wins, they have fallen just short in a few. Against highly-ranked Freeman on Mar. 22, they suffered a heart-breaking 11-10 defeat. Five days later, it was a long bus ride home after they were defeated 10-8 by Western Albemarle. These close defeats have only inspired the team to fight harder.

Despite losing several star players, including Murfee Flickinger and Trevor Tan, the team is optimistic that, while it might be difficult, there are players who can fill their shoes.

Wheeler is the only player on the team who is committed to play college lacrosse. He signed his letter of intent to play at Christopher Newport University on signing day. Although Wheeler is the only one to commit, other players are currently getting recruited. Birken is frequently getting looked at by coaches, and Wyman was recently nominated for Cascade’s National Prospect Elite 80 camp this summer, where some of the coaches of the nation’s best college teams come and scout players.