As the last couple of weeks of school before summer vacation come along so does the wrap up of all the spring sports here at Malden High School. The MHS boys lacrosse team has come a far way since the beginning of the season that started in March. With a final record of 1-10, the team had a rough season, however held their heads high the whole time. Although the record may not reflect it directly, the team left their heart and soul on the field with every game.
Leading the team this season included head coach, special education teacher at MHS, Brendan Maney, and assistant coaches history teacher Jonathan Copithorne and English teacher Jeremiah Smith. Alongside the coaches were senior captains Devin Fitzpatrick and Dirir Mohamed. In addition to the two senior captains, the team will be saying their farewells to three more seniors at the end of this season: Ethan Paiva, Rene Rivera, and Ramses Neves Riviere.
The highlights of many on the teams season included the win against Lynn Classical that took place on May 13, 2014. The final score was 8-7. Key plays were made by sophomore Ralf Jean, who took the face-offs, that were essential to the win, that happen every time there is a goal or it is the end of a quarter, and junior Isaac Bethea and sophomore Owen Desrochersbeing key scorers for the Golden Tornadoes. Jean stated how he “felt amazing [after the win].” “The win was something that everyone on the team wanted so bad, and just putting in all the effort and seeing our hard work pay off was great,” Jean stated. In addition to Jean, Rivera stated that “watching the clock run out [that game]” was his favorite moment, “everyone went crazy” he explained.
There are high hopes for the team next season to keep on improving and eventually come up on top, with more wins like the Lynn Classical game. The team is made up of dedicated players who have a passion and are committed to the sport, and with the heart comes the skill that the players are still learning and gain with every practice and game. While the seniors leave, there are current juniors, sophomores and upcoming players that restore the lacrosse teams’ confidence to keep improving next spring season.