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Chasing Number Four

January 8, 2019


Photo courtesy of Tucker Turrittin

Then-senior Buzz Williams walks the ball up to start the clear.

All the BSM Lacrosse program has ever known is success. Since its creation in 2007, the Varsity Lacrosse team has never had a losing season. After competing in the past two straight State Championships and falling short, the star power for this team is unmatchable. With five future collegiate players returning to the team, there is optimism for another return to the State Championship game. Even though they lost fourteen players last year, they have many young, talented guys who are willing to step up the the challenge. Led by head coach Rob Horn, who has a lot of experience, this upcoming season will be yet another championship contending season.

Quinn Ehlen, Former Player:I think that the Red Knights will have another strong season. With Rob Horn as the coach and many skilled players returning, I see another successful season.”

Buzz Williams, Former Player: “The team will bounce back in a huge way. The young talent we had in previous seasons are getting older, and they are absolutely ready to win a State Title. Jack VanOverbeke, Seamus Foley, Matthew Dowden, Jack Budniewski, Jack Keller, and many others are an elite force on the field.”

Matthew Dowden, Current Player:I expect we will have one of the best teams in the state again this year. We are ranked third in the state in pre-season polls. We lost 14 players from last year, but we are bringing back a lot of very skilled players.”

Benji Barry, Current Player: “I think we will be fine. We lost a lot of talent and that always sucks, but I have faith that we’ll be able to manage.”

Nick Carpenter, Current player: “Going to State was awesome, and I thought we were going to win, but when we lost, it was really hard. Knowing that all season the work was for nothing. Then that day, I decided that it wasn’t going to happen again, and that all season I was going to work so next year it wouldn’t happen.”

Matthew Dowden, Current Player: “Our starting attack line led by Jack VanOverbeke should be together for the next two years, which is huge in lacrosse. Our defense led by recent Georgetown commit Seamus Foley and recent RIT commit Tucker Turrittin should be stellar, our midfield led by recent Hamilton commit Shay Kinney Leonhardt is stacked with great athletes; our starting goalie Jack Keller is like a Jedi Knight, and with recent Holy Cross commit Jack Budniewski, we have the best face-off guy in the state.”

Buzz Williams, Former Player: “I have two suggestions for them: don’t worry about how you failed, make the next play; and don’t take a single moment for granted.”

Shay Kinney Leonhardt, Current Player:  “I have really high hopes for this year. I don’t wanna say anything too prematurely but I think we could be as good as or better than last year’s team.”

Anna Carr, Varsity Manager in 2017:”I think they’ll go far this year. It’s a totally different team than last year. They’ll have to try harder than last year too.”

Nick Carpenter, Current Player: “Through hard work and dedication the team will recover from the loss and the seniors that we lost as well we will just need to become stronger as a unit and work as a unit not as individuals if we can achieve that then we will be successful.”

Quinn Ehlen, Former Player: “I have seen the BSM lacrosse program at its worst, but I know that the Red Knights are becoming a dynasty-like program. The traditions of the BSM lacrosse team is one of success.”

Jack Keller, Current Player: “The future for our team is something for the books, wait to see it.”

Buzz Williams, Former Player: “I did talk to a few different colleges in high school, but I decided my education was much more important.”

Tucker Turrittin, Current Player: “Not a main part of my decision, but for sure part of it. I just didn’t want to go to a ‘garbage lacrosse school.’”

Pepe Smith, Current Player: What do you think will change? Our team has a lot of talent, especially in the younger kids. We just need to continue to develop our play as a team together.

Buzz Williams, Former Player: “I think maybe a league after college just for fun, but I don’t think I would try anything uber difficult.”

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