The Lake Forest Scouts boys lacrosse team is coming off a state semifinal loss to Loyola Academy a year, cutting their season one game short of the state final. From that team, however, the Scouts lose 13 seniors, including Jack Adams, Davis Khalili, and Cole Johnston from a year ago, but return 21 players from their (15-5) squad.
The captains for this year’s team are seniors Jack Mislinski, Adam Johnson, Jack VanHyfte, Chris Cavalaris, and junior George Schoettle. Their team is led by attackmen Jack Mislinski, the varsity quarterback from this year’s Scouts football team. He finished last year with 84 points, which is an accumulation of goals and assists combined. Another headlining member of the starting attack line returns, 6’7” senior Mead Payne, who finished second in points last year with 56. Finishing up the attack group will most likely be sophomore Nathaniel Field, who returns after being the lone freshman on the team last year.
The midfield group is the deepest part of this year’s squad, with six returning players from last year’s state semifinalist group. These include faceoff specialist, George Schoettle, Luke Milliman, Jack VanHyfte, Owen Clarke, Bobby Winebrenner, Matthew Barigazzi, and Chris Cavalaris, who recently made the switch from attack to help suit the team’s lineup. The defense brings back two returning starters in Adam Johnson and Tommy Henry, both of whom were valuable a year ago. The goalie competition, as it stands now, is between Alex Thoms and John Walsh. Watch out for freshman attackman Connor Armstrong who looks to make an impact in his first year with the Scouts.
Boys lacrosse will officially become an IHSA-sanctioned sport in 2018, which will undoubtedly add a wrinkle to the depth of teams involved in the IHSA State Tournament come May. The Scouts are coached by Mark Thiergart, who is in his fourth season as the Scouts head coach. According to three-year varsity player Chris Cavalaris, this year’s team, “has a lot of returning talent and is looking to make a deep run in the state playoffs. We hope to bring home the school’s first IHSA State trophy.”
Top home games:
Both of these teams are travelling to West Campus from Ohio to face off against the Scouts. Both teams possess great talent and are widely heralded in the Ohio lacrosse scene as they have won numerous state championships.
4/19 vs. New Trier
The defending state champs are coming into West Campus to take on this veteran Scouts group. Come watch to see two of the favorites for this year’s crown compete in regular season action.
5/1 vs Saint Viator
Come out to see a rivalry matchup between the Lions and the Scouts, two teams who were featured in two highly competitive games last year. The Lions took home the regular season win by three, while the Scouts won the road playoff game by one.