Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Liberty boys hope to take strides this spring

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Wins have not come easy for Liberty’s boys lacrosse program, but the Hurricanes hope that can change this spring.

Liberty is coming off a 1-14 season a year ago giving them their only win over the last two seasons, but head coach Shaughn Bittner thinks this year’s group can start making headway in the win column.

“This year we are hoping to continue building on last year and add more wins to our record,” said Bittner. “Most of our starters this year have been playing varsity for the past two seasons which helps with team chemistry. This year we are going to lose a substantial part of our varsity team, so we need to build the skills of our younger players, and work on building a feeder program.”

Some of the key players for the Hurricanes this year include Sr. A Jacob Anthony, Sr. LSM/D Will Kandianis, Sr. Tyler Lane, Sr. LSM/D Jack Lewis, Sr. M Xavier Shafer, Sr. FO Excel Sirop and So. A Brady Wied. Freshman attacker Tomas Bothwell also figures to be in the mix for the ’Canes.

Liberty has so far gotten off to a rough 0-3 start losing to Quakertown 15-4, Central Catholic 19-6 and Easton 17-1.

Playing two of the EPC’s top teams is never easy and things will get tougher with Tuesday’s meeting with Parkland. Liberty caps off the week against Northampton and Pleasant Valley on Friday and Saturday.

“Our goal is to be more competitive in our division and continue building on our successes of last year,” Bittner said.