Green boys lacrosse team out to strong start
|Shown from left are members of the Green High School boys lacrosse team: (back row) Robert Simmons, Josh Stephens, Zac Tepus, Nathan Glauthier, Marc West, Micah Gardner and Austin Samaras; and (front row) Alex Shepley, Adam King, T.J. Arfons, Tim Klein and Alex Cutler.|
|Photo courtesy of Shari Arfons|
“This year’s team is one of the more experienced teams we have ever had,” he said. “We return 13 letter-winners, with the gaps being filled in by juniors and seniors.”
The seniors on this year’s team, with comments on each by Tiedemann, are as follows:
• T.J. Arfons: “T.J. is one of our team’s best defenders. He is quick and can clear the ball. He often draws the assignment of guarding our opponent’s biggest offensive threat.”
• Alex Cutler: “Alex does a great job of defending a ball carrier and has tremendous heart. Alex is always working as hard as he can and is very passionate about the sport of lacrosse.”
• Micah Gardner: “Micah Gardner is a tremendous threat in transition. He utilizes his quick feet when guarding opponents, and keys our transition game with his ability to catch the ball on the run and his speed to get up field quickly.”
• Nathan Glauthier: “Nathan has a strong work ethic and love of the game. He plays with a physical presence and is working on his field vision. He has been a model member of our program throughout his career.”
• Adam King: “He has excellent speed. He does a great job of moving without the ball and getting into a position to score. I have seen great leadership from Adam this season.”
• Tim Klein: “Tim is a defender who has exhibited outstanding leadership. He has a great awareness on the field and loves to play lacrosse. He is a hard worker and has great attitude.”
• Austin Samaras: “Austin is in his third year starting at goalie. He has improved his level of play each year and has proven to take over games with his ability to deny our opponents from scoring. He makes fantastic saves and has improved his clearing game this season.”
• Alex Shepley: “Alex entered this season as the second-leading scorer in Green High School history. He recently scored his 100th career goal vs. Walsh Jesuit, a feat that has only been done once before in team history. He is very talented and can excel in every aspect of the sport.”
• Robert Simmons: “Robert is a starting attackman. He is a great outside shooter and is a real weapon on fast breaks and with our extra-man unit.”
• Josh Stephens: “Josh Stephens is another scoring threat for our midfield this season. He has worked diligently all year to build a great offensive skill set. He has proven to be a good outside shooter and dodger from the top.”
• Zak Tepus: “Zak is the leader of our defense. He missed last season due to an ankle injury, and his returned presence has lifted our defense. He has the quickness to guard any opponent and plays with a physical nature.”
• Marc West: “Marc is a hard worker who has been a great addition to our varsity squad. Marc plays with great heart and has proven to be a great teammate.”
The team captains are King, Samaras, Simmons and Tepus. The following seniors already have committed to colleges for next year: Cutler and Stephens to the University of Mount Union; King, Shepley and Tepus to Walsh University; and Simmons to Otterbein University.
Other key contributors on this year’s team, Tiedemann said, are Sam Peel, Josh Conant, Nate Tepus, James Claar, Andrew Ondracek and Alex Yost.
Green’s strengths this season, the coach stated, are defense and goaltending. However, the coach said he has highlighted a few spots where he would like to see his players improve.
“We would like to be more aggressive on defense and force turnovers and score in transition,” he said. “We also need improvement on face-offs and in midfield play.”
Tiedemann is in his fourth season at Green. Mark Resanovich is the varsity defensive coordinator and Dean Biscan is the head junior varsity coach.
“[We have some] tough upcoming games, including May 1 at home vs. St. Edward [at 7:30 p.m.], May 8 at home vs. Kenston (at 7:30 p.m.) and a May 12 round robin tournament at the Kiski School in Pennsylvania,” Tiedemann said. “We also have Bulldogfest on May 5 at Green Memorial Stadium. All lacrosse teams in Green will be playing at the stadium that day. All funds raised that day will be donated to Team Brotherly Love. It is also an event to raise awareness of the sport in Green and showcase our programs.”
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