Last week, the Hebron Academy junior varsity lacrosse team defeated The Hyde School 14-2 to win the Maine Association of Independent School Athletic Directors (M.A.I.S.A.D.) league. The team has a 10-1 record. With 15 players on the team, only four of them had ever played lacrosse before.
“The single most contributing factor to our success was the competitive nature of the athletes. They were driven to win and this motivated the new players to learn the basic skills very quickly so we could compete,” said head coach of the junior varsity team Steve Middleton.
Among the 15 players on the team, they are from: Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany, and in the U.S. - Florida, and locally we have two players from Poland, one from Minot and one from Auburn and Keith Mank from Raymond, said Middleton.
“Keith was one of the few experienced players on the team, and he did a great job anchoring the first midfield line. He was also our face-off expert and won 75 percent of face-offs this season,” he said.
In the league, they defeated The Kent's Hill School 12-1 in the semi-finals to advance to the finals.