With a team that featured only four seniors, William Floyd Colonials varsity boys lacrosse head Coach Desmond Megna and his coaching staff viewed the spring 2018 season as a year of growth and development for the program. Led by senior goaltender Andrew Brust, the Colonials (8-8) used this year as a building block for the future.
“We are the youngest team in class A,” said Coach Megna. “We started three freshmen and four sophomores,” said Coach Megna, who saw his team’s maturity and discipline develop as the season progressed. “They learned how a quality team prepares and practices. The offense started to make strides as they gained more experience.”
The Colonials represented the district, their team and themselves extremely well, garnering the respect of their rivals, noted Coach Megna. “With the exception of one loss they were in every game competing against some of the best teams in the county.” In addition to their on-field play, the team earned the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Team Award for the fourth consecutive year.
A big challenge for every team in high school sports is that eventually players graduate, leaving potential holes that need to be filled. That should not be a problem in 2019 for this team as many key contributors will be returning with another year of experience. “When your leading goal scorer is a freshman, your leading point scorer is a sophomore, your face-off guy is a freshman and you bring back your entire starting defense, the future is bright. I’m looking for my attack to take the next step and be a really lethal unit. My first midfield led by Bryan Lubitz and Ronale Thomas should also be a force next year,” added Coach Megna.
The work to build a top-tier team will not stop during the offseason. The progress shown by many key players this season has Coach Megna looking ahead to 2019 with higher expectations in mind for his group of student-athletes. Expectations that will only be met with hard work and dedication shown by everyone involved in the lacrosse program. “We have implemented a new lifting program to add to our summer and fall ball programs. If everyone buys into the concept and improves individually our expectations are to make the playoffs and make some noise next year,” said Coach Megna.
Andrew Brust, one of the four seniors who will be graduating this year, set a new William Floyd saves record in 2018 with 221, breaking the mark set last year by Andrew Desmond (208 saves). Brust, who was recently named All-County and Academic All-American, committed to play and study at St. Joseph’s College in the fall.
Additional awards presented to members of the team include: freshman Julian Duque who led the team in goals with 33, earning Suffolk Class A Rookie of the Year honors; sophomore Noah Taylor, who was last year’s Class A Rookie of the Year, earned All-Division as attackman; and Jake Stellato earned All-Division as defenseman.
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