National Spring Preview Series Admin
Thu, February 15, 2024 at 15:53 PM
As the lacrosse season approaches, the HBHS Boys Lacrosse team is gearing up for an exciting year. With a new head coach, Cody Schuesler, and a fresh coaching staff, the team is ready to make a name for themselves on and off the field. I had the opportunity to sit down with Coach Schuesler to get some insight into the team and what we can expect this season. Changing the Culture Coach Schuesler is determined to change the culture of the HBHS Lacrosse program. Not only is he focused on improving their skills in the game, but he also stresses the importance of teaching values such as respect, time management, and work ethic. He believes that these values will not only make the players better on the field, but also in their lives outside of lacrosse. Key Players to Watch Coach Schuesler’s roster features a strong group of players, including Will Minter, junior attackman and the team’s top scorer and assister from last year. Minter, along with goal-scoring machine Noah Walker, make up a formidable offensive duo. On the defensive end, Brandon Soleau, standing at 6’2’’ and 225lbs, is described as an “athletic force to be reckoned with.” Teams facing HBHS are sure to have their work cut out for them against this defensive line. Sophomore transfer Danny Gabel brings a powerful shot and exceptional lacrosse IQ to the team. Coach Schuesler sees a bright future for Gabel and his contributions to the team this season. The Role of Team Captains When it comes to the team captains, Coach Schuesler sets high expectations. In his eyes, they should be an extension of the coach, displaying timeliness, vocal leadership, and always thinking ahead. They should also be the ones to encourage and teach struggling teammates. This leadership role goes beyond the field and teaches valuable skills that will guide the players throughout their lives. Building Team Bonding With a combined roster of over 60 players for both varsity and JV, team bonding events are essential in bringing the team together. These events allow the players to take a break from the rigors of the sport and focus on forming a strong bond as a family. Coach Schuesler believes that this unity will translate into a stronger team dynamic on the field.