Moeller Lacrosse Runs Deep
Moeller Lacrosse season is now underway, and the boys have never been more ready. Coming off a 15-7-0 last season, the team hopes to build off that momentum. This summer and throughout the school year, “the team has been training hard in the weight room with Coach Ross and it’s really showing in our play,” said senior Dylan Warner.
Lacrosse head coach, Sean McGinnis addressed “youthfulness” in faces and in goal as the two main obstacles to get over this season. However, says Coach McGinnis, “we do have ten great seniors this year that balance out our youthfulness”.
The captains this year are all the senior players and are the glue of the team. Senior leader and captain Brendan Sigurdson said, “the leadership by the seniors is everything this year, since we have a lot of younger players it’s all about getting them to play at a high level this year and then grooming them for years to come”.
This year Coach McGinnis highlighted two of the players, Brendan Sigurdson and Dylan Warner. Both of which are committed to play lacrosse at Cleveland State. Brendan Sigurdson’s position is an attacking player, with a pin point accurate shot and great size and speed. Dylan Warner is a little different in that he’s a midfielder with silky smooth hands and great passing ability.
I asked Dylan about the mentality of the team this year. Dylan said, “the mentality this year is to leave it all out on the field every game and practice, if we do that, we can reach our goals.” Dylan also told me the teams they look forward playing this regular season are St. Xavier and St. Ignatius.
The St. Xavier game this year was held at University of Cincinnati’s stadium Nippert on April 5th. This was huge deal for the guys and lacrosse in Greater Cincinnati, it is the second game ever in Nippert and first high school game played there. Moeller ended up losing the game losing 16-8. Blake Gilles said, “the atmosphere was awesome, I really enjoyed the opportunity to play there”. While both these guys are the main offensive force there are also plenty some other pivotal role players on the team.
Junior attacker Theo Becker is also a player to keep an eye on. Theo is already committed to play at Furman University. What makes Theo great is his quickness. Expect to see Brendan Sigurdson and Theo Becker working together up top this year and scoring a lot of goals. Perhaps the three most important sleepers on the team are Blake Gilles, Cole Grilliot, and Braedon Titus. Cole and Blake are the two work horses of the team. Blake is the fastest person on the team with great defensive mindset that helps him get the ball. Cole Grilliot, is an offensive midfielder and works well with Blake around the midfield.
While we’ve mostly highlighted offensive players Braedon Titus is one, we cannot forget. Braedon is a defender with tremendous hands and spatial awareness that keeps the balance of the defensive line together. I spoke with Braedon Titus about the season so far and he said Cathedral High school was a “big test and showed us where we stand in the Midwest”. Cathedral is #3 in the Midwest, and the Crusaders battled it out and ended up losing 8-9 late in the game off a long shot from the middle.
The team currently sits at a 6-5-0 record and has some big games coming up soon, those being against: Loveland, Mason, and LaSalle.