New Meadowdale coach focusing on the basics with young team | Lacrosse
It’s back to the basics for the Meadowdale lacrosse team.
With a lineup that featured six underclassmen and four freshman starters, the Mavericks lost 10-3 to Stanwood Wednesday, March 22, at Lynnwood High School.
New head coach Scott Carlin said that ball possession is critical to a team’s success. Meadowdale, which includes players from Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace, struggled with that against the Spartans.
“We all say the same thing – ball possession means something,” said Carlin, who previously was an assistant coach at Kamiak for six years. “So when you throw the ball away as many times as we did tonight, this is what you’re going to get.”
Meadowdale only has four seniors on the roster and the underclassmen are still developing their skills.
“You’re going to see our team going back to the basics over the next couple of weeks,” Carlin said. “It’s getting the catching and throwing down because we definitely have the guys.”
The Mavericks opened the season with a 13-8 loss to Glacier Peak on Saturday, March 18.
Meadowdale has the talent to be a competitive team. The players, however, are still getting to know Carlin and his system.
“This is our first year taking over the program and right now were working super hard to get these boys in shape,” Carlin said. “We’ve got some good ballplayers.”
Carlin praised the play of goalkeeper Xavier Belcher, a junior from Edmonds-Woodway.
“Our keeper played phenomenal,” he said.
Other standouts include Meadowdale junior Jarrid Johnson, Meadowdale senior Jonathan Waltzer, Meadowdale sophomore Brennan Walsh and Meadowdale senior Brock Duncan.
Carlin said that the Mavericks are working to improve their understanding of the game and that will come in time as the team plays more games.
“You can go to practice. You can catch and throw all you want,” Carlin said. “When you put a kid out there with a stick and in the game flow, you’ve got to take advantage of what they give you and we need to work on that.”
Following the loss to Stanwood, Meadowdale dropped a non-conference contest to Bellingham 15-6 on Friday, March 24.
Carlin is confident the Mavericks will continue to make progress.
“Come halfway through the season, we’re going to be there,” he said.