Sunday, January 11, 2015

Galena Lacrosse 2015 Season Preview

The 2015 lacrosse season is almost here and the Galena Program is looking to build off of its 2014 successes. Last season, the Galena girl's team went undefeated in league play (again), won the league title, and represented the HSLL at the inaugural State Championships. The Galena boy's team also won their third HSLL title in a row, however finished as the runner-up in the State Championship final. Both teams left the season on losses and have had plenty of time to reflect on the highs and lows of the 2014 season.
The boy's team is coming into 2015 with a fresh perspective and an updated coaching staff. With the departure of Coaches Eric Peacock and Scott Behrens to take over Bishop Manogue, and one-year assistant coach Chris Mercurio to pilot the 2015 re-birth of Damonte Ranch, the Galena program has added a few new faces. Joining Coach Al Garner, Coach Curt Wegener, and Coach Terry Schrecker will be new coaches Tim Wolfe and Tim Cleveland. Both Coach Wolfe and Coach Cleveland bring diverse playing and coaching backgrounds to the program and each plan to ink their signatures on the Galena tradition moving forward. The team graduated eight seniors from the 2014 squad and stands poised to have one of the largest returning rosters since Coach Garner took over the team in 2012. The 2015 seniors are also the first class to enter their fourth year in Coach Garner's system. The team plans to compete at the Redding Jamboree, regular season non-league play, scrimmages, and hopefully post-season play which will all be taking place in the Reno-Tahoe area in May 2015.

The girl's team is looking to repeat their efforts in 2014 under Head Coach Brandon Riggs. Coach Riggs hopes his players can build on their 14-2 record from 2014 and become competitive statewide with other Nevada teams. The Galena girl's team continues to set the pace locally and serves as the flagship girl's program in the Reno-Tahoe area. The team returns a strong core of players after only losing a few seniors to graduation. Following last year's success under Coach Riggs, the team should continue moving onward and upward as player skills and team chemistry continue to develop. 


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