Boys Lacrosse Playoffs Preview


Bill Avery

The end of the school year is signified by many things. The stress of AP tests, days that are finally above 70 degrees, and the start of boys lacrosse playoffs. What many dub the “real season of lacrosse”, playoffs bring out new intensity from every team in the state. The opportunity for a “Cinderella” run, shocking upsets, and ultimately a state championship are all reasons that make the state playoffs so special.

The Scouts are always favorites to at least make it to the semifinals, and this year proves no different. Due to a new seeding system, fellow powerhouses New Trier and Loyola will both be on the other side of the bracket, providing the Scouts with an easier path to the ‘ship than in years past. Saint Viator and Glenbrook North look to give Lake Forest the toughest competition but both games ended in wins for the Scouts during the regular season.

Senior Bobby Winebrenner, a three-year varsity veteran, has been in this position before.

“We’ve played a bunch of solid teams which has helped us prepare going into the playoffs,” said Winebrenner. “We have to step up our intensity in practice and not let up in games if we want to make a run.”

The Scouts have been led in scoring by junior Nate Field. Field has netted 33 goals this season and looks to continue the hot streak in the playoffs. The Scouts are also led in assists by junior Charlie Altounian who has dished out 27 on the year. Coach Thiergart runs a dual goalie system with senior Alex Thoms and junior John Walsh. Thoms has 100 saves on the year and Walsh has 71.

A specific x-factor heading into the playoffs is undoubtedly “discipline,” according to senior Danny Moorhead.

“We have to play as one and make sure everyone’s on the same page at all times on the field,” said Moorhead.

The Scouts open their playoff run with a game tonight against conference rival Stevenson at Glenbrook South. With advancement from this game, the Scouts have matchups on Wednesday and Friday at Varsity Field. Come out and support the Scouts!