Law boys lacrosse has new system, patient approach

Garrett Clark said he relishes the opportunity to coach a Law boys’ lacrosse team that is short on experience.

“It’s a challenge. We broke practice the other day and I told the team that I need to remind myself that many of these players are just upgraded Milford Youth Lacrosse players,” said Clark of Law’s 1-5 start. “This is new program for me. Last year was going to be my first before the pandemic.”

Putting in a new system is never easy, but after missing a season Clark needs to accommodate veteran players and those new to varsity.

Clark has been groomed at the task at hand by five seasons coaching the Trumbull junior varsity.

While winning is the primary objective, team growth is important.

“Under the right circumstances, one of my goals is to try and clear the bench,” said Clark, who is assisted by Mike Ayala. “A lot of our opponent scores have been in the upper teens. Once I realize that we aren’t going anywhere (coming back from large deficit) I give reserves a run at it.

“That way we can talk about what they did wrong and what they did right. We are taking some lumps, but we are learning and will be better program going forward.”

Kyle Kosh, Luke Henricksen, Jack Sellman and Matt Hagerty are team captains.

Kosh, Javoni Rivera and Noah Karas are the lone seniors on a 31-player roster.

Clark said: “Our biggest improvement is learning what is needed to compete at the varsity level, getting everyone thinking that we have to go out every day and compete to the fullest.”

Louis Sabo is in goal. Sellman, Luke Iaffaldano and Solomon Mercado are on defense. Connor Chirico, Henricksen and Sebastian Davis are at midfield. Kosh, Noah Karis and Haggerty are on attack. Henricksen takes the draw. The sophomore was 18-for-19 against Sheehan.

“We are young,” Clark said. “A lot of these kids will be here for a few years. Stability is what we need. Next year we will lean on these guys to be leaders.” Twitter: @blox354