The season opener for Perry Hall High School's boys lacrosse team is approaching, and energy is running high.
For starters, there's a new head coach at the helm: Matt Smoot.
Smoot, who teaches science, shared his outlook on the Gators' upcoming season with the Perry Hall High School Lacrosse Alumni in an interview posted on Facebook.
"We have a very good core of 'team first' guys but we will need to work very hard to become complete lacrosse players," Smoot said, anticipating work in practice to pay off by regional playoff time.
"Our goal is to contend for a regional championship spot, but nothing is going to come easy this season," Smoot said to the lacrosse alumni. "We will need to earn every win."
According to the interview, Smoot was a faceoff specialist at Villa Julie for four years and still plays club lacrosse in Baltimore; this season, he said the Gators players to watch were Mike Santoro, Josh Brent and Tanner Cuthbert.
Players were quoted in the high school newspaper as stating they were looking forward to the season. In particular, they mentioned they were excited about "winning games," "warm spring weather," "getting fit" and "being with an amazing sports team," according to The Hallmark.
The boys varsity team will scrimmage at Reservoir High School on Thursday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m. The team's season opener is at Edgewood High School on Thursday, March 21, when the Gators will take on the Rams at 3:30 p.m.
- Introducing Perry Hall High School Lacrosse Coach Matt Smoot (Facebook)
- Relax, It's Time to Lax (The Hallmark)