column compared to last regular season record.
By Ben Logan
Over the past few years, the Red Lion boys’ lacrosse team has struggled to gain momentum. However, this year it seems as if they have finally recovered from their dip into “bad luck”, with many beneficial changes and improvements.
Last year, the Lions finished their season with a record of seven wins and ten losses, mirroring almost the same six-and-eight record seen in the previous year. Both head coach Stefan Striffler and players alike were very disappointed with their performance, and sought to have triumph over such shadows to hopefully have a successful 2014 season.
As of current, the boy’s lacrosse team stands at a record of eight wins and six losses, a big improvement in a few years. Many players seem to put this on freshmen talent, Striffler’s new coaching methods, and the return of junior attackman Tanner Reif, who suffered an injury in the 2013 school year that took him out for almost half of the season.
“The team is doing pretty good this year,” senior midfielder Ben Federline said. “Plus we have Tanner back, so that helps a lot.”
Reif was recently voted by members of the community as the York/Adams County “High School Player of the Week” on the local sports website GametimePA.com. He earned the title following his performance at a game against Spring Grove in April, scoring six goals, two assists, and going against all odds to pummel the ball into the goal. Reif commented, “I really just took a chance whenever I could; if I could reach the ball, I would grab it. If I could shoot I would, and if I saw someone open I would pass it off to them and hope for the best.”
The Lions have had a ferocious comeback this season from their past disappointing seasons. However, with many more senior players being lost, can they hold true to their record? They believe so, and will continue to try their best to improve even further, with Striffler promising that “this should only be the beginning.”
Social Media: You can find the boys lacrosse team on Twitter (@RedLionLax). The account periodically posts final scores.