Thursday March 27, 2014 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
CUMMINGS ON ‘D’ — Anthony Cummings will help lead a defensive unit which should be the strength of a younger Eden team. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
The resiliency and resolve of Eden’s boys lacrosse team should be tested early in the regular season, as many new faces get used to larger and new roles at the varsity level.
If this group can weather the storm of some of those early tests, head coach Chris Archabald can see his team making a run later in the season, in addition to having a bright future ahead. He already likes what he sees from what he calls a fearless and enthusiastic group.
“The ride may get bumpy but I’m optimistic we will pull together through the lows of the roller coaster ride of a long season,” said Archabald, coming off a 6 – 12 campaign, which ended as No. 7-seed in the Class C quarterfinals in a 6 – 5 loss to second-seeded East Aurora.
With the Raiders losing much of their scoring from last season, Archabald will look heavily to a solid defensive unit, anchored by senior captain Joe Cuddihy and junior Anthony Cummings, both returning to starting roles.
At the midfield, juniors Tony Coppolla and Matt Lee will log major minutes, according to Archabald, while a young attack will be led by junior Nick Wilder, sophomore Daniel Cuddihy and freshman Josh Plarr.
Wilder is the most senior of the unit, as the junior will be in his third year with the varsity. Brady Bermingham, the team’s top scorer the past two seasons, and George Plarr, are among the attackers lost to graduation.
“Our youngsters will try to find the chemistry to light up the scoreboard,” Archabald noted.
Junior Patrick Arolotta will have some big shoes to fill, stepping into net to replace First Team All-Western and All-American selection Connor Nowak.
“We are young and hoping to make a run when it matters,” Archabald said. “The potential is there to be a solid team, but we have to work hard to do so.”