Liverpool boys lax starts sectional title defense

Warriors must replace most of starters from 2012 run

— Fresh off a 2012 season that brought the first Section III championship to Liverpool in 23 years - before any of the players were born the boys lacrosse team is flush with confidence that it can go further.

To the returning Warrior players, the expectations have only gotten bigger - win the last game.

This may sound delusional to some when taking into account the fact that 189 out of the 221 goals scored last year - a whopping 85 percent—came from seniors who have since moved on. The current roster features just eight holdovers from last year and ten newcomers to the varsity level, for a shallow total of 18.

But head coach Mike Felice is not the least bit worried.

“It's really all I've been hearing about,” Felice said, “All these kids we lost and all these holes we have to fill.”

Still, Felice’s players are buying into the notion that this happens every year, and that every year players are going to step up to fill those gaps.

The elder statesmen on the team hesitate to use the word 'replace', opting instead for 'reload'. Senior captains Jamie Kuppel and Peter Flood, both midfielders, expect their young squad to be highly competitive when it comes to replicating the 18-2-2 record compiled a year ago.

“We obviously lost a lot of seniors but that hasn't affected us,” Kuppel said, “We're bouncing right back.”

Flood believes that players like junior midfielder Justin Renk and sophomore attack Kendall Keahey will provide nice surprises for their opponents. “They've been working hard in practice," he said. "I know that we'll pull through.”

What the Warriors lack in depth and experience, it hopes to make up for with hard work and athleticism, aspects of the game that Felice stresses day in and day out.

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