Boys lacrosse team hosts showdown with Mount de Sales

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Junior Steve Durkee is the leading scorer for the Eagles this season.

Nicholas Dorogy, Gazebo Staff Writer

The Stratford boys varsity lacrosse is in its second year in program history.

After finishing 4-13 last year, the Eagles have started off their season 6-4, including a grueling one-point loss to Northgate High School.

The boys are rebuilding with a new coaching staff as well, after three of the four coaches from last year moved away.

Coaches Steven Boltja, Michael Kelley and Mark Farriba are looking to lead the team to the playoffs.

“We’ve played together as a team better,” said head coach Mike Kelley. “We’ve actually ran the plays we had. On defense, we’ve tightened up and kept the ball out. We’ve just played better.”

The Eagles suffered a setback a few weeks ago when senior David Matlock was ruled out for the season with a broken foot.

“David, even if he doesn’t score is a lot, is a big scoring threat,” said Kelley. “He can control the ball in the middle. We’re not going to have anyone be able to do what David does.”

Despite injuries though, the Eagles have continued improving.

“Things are a lot different, but we are getting a lot better so it’s good,” said junior Steve Durkee. “I think we may actually win a bunch of games this year.”

Durkee, a starting midfielder, has played lacrosse for seven years and is Stratford’s leading scorer this season with 20 goals.

Durkee and Kelley both said they have been anticipating Thursday night’s rivalry matchup with Mount de Sales as the Eagles look to rebound from last year’s loss.

“We’re 0-1 against them so far, so we are ready to play them again and get a win,” Durkee added.

The Eagles host the Cavaliers on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the football field.