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BC’s goal to get in postseason

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic is looking to make progress this season on the lacrosse field following a 5-13 campaign from a year ago.

Andrew Kroeckel enters his second year as head coach and is optimistic about the Hawks potential this season.

After losing only one player graduation, the Hawks return 19 players in the program and nine starters including Soph. G JoJo Korpics, Sr. D Ray Glemser, Sr. D Mike Barattini, Soph. D Kyle Young (played attack last year), Sr. M Anthony Parise, Jr. FO/M Jimmy VanOsdol, Jr. LSM Luke Talpas, Sr. A Liam McGregor and Sr. A Liam Foley

The Hawks also return Soph. Paul Carrerras, who started at defense last year, but will likely start or see extensive time as a midfielder or attackman this year.

New players in the fold are Soph. M Griffin DuBose and Frosh D Luke Wladyslawski.

“Just as we did last year, we have an impossibly small roster, but we return essentially our entire starting lineup and are looking to build last year’s success,” said Kroeckel. “Our five victories last year were a program record, and we set several other team records, including goals scored and goals allowed. We participated in an indoor league over the winter, where we started to prove that we can play and compete with some of the other teams in the EPC. We know who the top four teams in the league have been and are (Easton, Emmaus, Parkland, Central Catholic), but we believe for the first time that we can compete with any of the other teams in our league.”

The main goal for the Hawks this year is to compete for a postseason berth, which seems attainable for the time.

“Our singular team goal is to qualify for the District 11 playoffs for the first time,” he said. “Because we lack depth, a healthy roster is crucial. We also need complete selflessness from every player on the roster. Again, because of our small roster, we need everyone to be willing to do whatever the team needs whenever it needs it, including playing out of position or taking one extra run when they’re exhausted.”