PDS Boys Lacrosse: A Year of Resilience

The Princeton Day School Varsity Boys Lacrosse team finished their spring season with a 9-7 record, short of the goals they had hoped to attain but proud of the success they achieved given the challenges they encountered since the spring of 2020 when their season was eliminated due to the nationwide quarantine.

"Our program has faced ongoing roadblocks presented by COVID and the heartbreaking loss of PDS lacrosse legend, Pete Higgins," stated Head Coach Joe Moore.

"Our ten seniors have led the program through every challenge and have stayed focused while also keeping their underclassmen teammates engaged. Despite painful losses throughout the first half of the 2021 spring season, our players came to practice and put in the work to turn things around in the season's second half. Our most impressive win came late this spring away against Hun. It was the first time that we had equal contributions from both sides of the field and the game can be defined as a true team-win. Though we weren't able to win the Prep B Championship game, I am proud of how our team battled to be in that position. With a season tally of nine wins and seven losses, given the amount of adversity we’ve faced, the year has been a success and I believe the future is bright for our program," he added.

Senior Day

On May 24, the team celebrated Senior Day before winning their game against Hillsborough High School. During the pre-game event, Coach Joe Moore spoke about each of the 10 seniors graduating from the program:

Gibson Linnehan '21- Senior Day

Gibson Linnehan–All-Prep Team & Captain

"Gibson has been a 'glue guy' for our program this season. He has battled through injuries all season while also serving as a team leader on and off the field. Gibson is known state-wide as one of the top defensive players in the state and he will go on to play Division I lacrosse at Providence College next year. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, Gibson!"

Drew McConaughy '21-Senior Day

Drew McConaughy–All-Prep Team & Captain

"Drew has battled through what was potentially a season-ending arm injury. His drive to return to the field came to light as he attended countless hours of rehab while also attending games and practices, simply to be there and support his team. Before his return to the field, he served as a mentor and player-coach for our program this season. We are so fortunate to have had him with us."

Bruno Cucchi '21- Senior Day

Bruno Cucchi–Captain

"Bruno was elected as a captain of our program by his teammates this year because of his ability to lead by example. His attention to detail on the field is unmatched. He has also done a great job of leading our program’s underclassmen on the defensive side of the ball. Thank you for your contributions, Bruno!"

Trevor Kunkle '21- Senior Day

Trevor Kunkle–All-Prep Team & Captain

"Trevor defines the term 'play with heart'. His effort is relentless as he stays on the field for virtually all of every game. His talent development from freshmen year to senior year has been extremely impressive as he’s gone from a pure defensive midfielder to a leading contributor on the offensive side of the ball. Thank you, Trevor!"

Alex Darenkov '21- Senior Day

Alex Darenkov

"Alex is one of our most improved players from last season to this season. He has grown physically and mentally as a lacrosse player and become a key component of our defensive unit. Although he faced a significant shoulder injury early on in the season, he continued to find ways to help the team find success while he was sidelined. Thank you for being a part of our program, Alex!"

Alex Nowakoski '21- Senior Day

Alex Nowakoski

"At the beginning of the season, Alex was a question-mark to the coaches in terms of where he would fit in on the field–but everyone knew we had to find a spot for him because of his speed and athleticism. Sure enough, Alex became the team’s one-man clearing machine. The game plan was simply: get Alex the ball and let him run. Thank you for being a member of our program, Alex!"

Eric Gellasch '21- Senior Day

Eric Gellasch–All-Prep Team

"One of the state’s top goaltenders, Eric has worked endlessly on his craft and has kept our team in games that would be difficult to compete in without his presence. As the season progressed, Eric only found more and more success on the field. He has been the rock of our defensive unit and we are fortunate to have had him in net this season. Eric will continue his lacrosse career at Clarkson next year; best of luck, Eric!"

Aidan McChesney '21- Senior Day

Aidan McChesney

"Aidan has been a do-it-all guy for us this season. He has played close defense, offensive middie, man-up and succeeded in all of the positions. His lacrosse IQ is off the charts, which has helped him earn the reputation of one of our most reliable players with or against the ball. We will miss Aidan’s contributions on the field and his haircuts on team trips. Thank you for your hard work, Aidan!"

Hector Capeilleres '21- Senior Day

Hector Capeilleres

"A senior defensive-midfielder, Hector has shown a lot of growth and development over the course of the season. He is extremely coachable and always welcomes whatever challenge he is presented with on the field. Thank you, Hector!"

Xander Gardner '21-Senior Day

Xander Gardner

"Xander has developed into one of our go-to offensive players this year. Throughout his senior season, he gained confidence and found ways to use his size to his advantage. Despite taking big hits and battling injuries, Xander continues to work hard and find ways to support the team’s success. We wish Xander all the best as he continues his lacrosse career as a PG at Westminster next year."

For more on the PDS Boys Lacrosse program, visit the team page here.

Photos (from top): The Lax team ready to play after warmups (by Nancy Erickson); Senior Day photos of each player with their family (photos by David Bremer)

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