California News Admin
Tue, March 12, 2024 at 05:03 AM . California
Our team is determined to leave a mark on this program and make our community proud. "The goal is to build better men that leave a positive impact on their community." This is the ultimate goal for Coach Michael Faby and his team at Archbishop Mitty High School this season. While success on the field is important, it is the character and growth of his players that Coach Faby values most. With a focus on daily improvement and strong team chemistry, the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs are ready to tackle the challenges of the upcoming lacrosse season. Returning players Harrison Zmijewski and John Nelson are two of the top players from last year's team and are expected to lead the Monarchs this season. Zmijewski's growth as an athlete and a person has impressed Coach Faby, making him ready for a breakout year. Nelson has also put in a lot of work during the offseason and is primed to lead the defense this season. In addition to the returning players, there are also some new faces on the team that Coach Faby believes will make an immediate impact. Sophomores Luca Contarino, Ryan Yun, and Cameron Pulliam are all expected to have breakout years. Another player to watch is freshman Isaias Vera, who is competing with a returning junior for the starting goalkeeper spot. When it comes to team captains, Coach Faby looks for players who have the ability to make those around them better. While the official captains have not been announced yet, the players who are competing for the role have proven their leadership skills both on and off the field. Team chemistry and camaraderie are important aspects of any successful team, and Coach Faby has a plan in place to build that within the Monarchs. The team's leadership group has been meeting regularly to define team values and what it means to be a leader. Through this process, they have also outlined what they want a Mitty lacrosse player to represent both on and off the field. Motivation is key to pushing players to their full potential, and Coach Faby believes it is up to the players themselves to define their goals and the path to achieve them. This ownership of their own growth not only pushes them to be the best they can be, but it also builds a strong work ethic within the team. The biggest challenge for the Monarchs this season is the task of rebuilding after losing 15 seniors last year.