Grizzlies experiencing success in inaugural season | Boys lacrosse

Glacier Peak has mix of youth and veterans
By David Pan | Apr 07, 2017

The Glacier Peak boys lacrosse team is holding its own in its first year of play.

The Grizzlies were formed when the Snohomish team, which included players from Glacier Peak and Snohomish high schools, was split up because of increased enrollment.

Glacier Peak (3-2 overall) opened the season with victories over Shorecrest (8-6) and Meadowdale (13-8) before losing to Kamiak (5-4). The Grizzlies then beat the Scots (7-1) before losing to Jackson (16-6).

“I’m quite pleased,” Glacier Peak coach Jean-Claude de Raoulx said. “I think we’re progressing quite well. It’s a slow process.”

The Grizzlies have a roster of 26 players with about 16, who have some but not extensive playing experience. The rest of the squad has more experience, including few players de Raoulx describes as quite good.

Seniors Logan Weaver and Josef Bruno are two of those players. Bruno leads the team with 14 goals.  Senior Jordan Jackson-Brewer and sophomore Michel Shideler also have stood out. The Grizzlies had one of the tallest players in the league as goalkeeper – 6-foot-7 senior Cade Lichfield.

The 5-4 loss to the Knights was one of Glacier Peak’s best games of the year.

“The boys left it all on the field,” de Raoulx said. “I was very proud of them.”

In inaugural season, de Raoulx has the players focused on developing their fundamentals skills. But for the Glacier Peak coach, lacrosse is more than just a game.

“I try to encourage them to believe in themselves,” de Raoulx said. “We’re a team. We’re a family.”

It’s important to de Raoulx that the players learn to be accountable. Three qualities that he stresses are intensity, focus and communication (IFC).

“That’s what I demand of them in practice and in games,” de Raoulx said. “If we’re going to succeed, it’s going to be how well they adhere to IFC. The real essence of lacrosse is that it is a very cerebral game. They have to think and they have to think all the time – where do I belong on the field? It’s very taxing and very challenging.”

The Grizzlies appear to be up for the challenge. Three of the team’s four captains are 4.0 students.

“We stress academics,” de Raoulx said.

Glacier Peak return to action against Juanita at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 11 at Glacier Peak High School.

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