Seniors leading Archbishop Murphy to best start in history | Boys lacrosse

By David Pan | Apr 07, 2017
Photo by: Archbishop Murphy lacrosse team Bennett Duffy is one of Archbishop Murphy’s top players.

The Archbishop Murphy boys lacrosse team is off to the best start in its three years of existence.

The Wildcats are 7-0 and are in sole possession of first place in the 1A/2A Northwest Division. Archbishop Murphy went 0-10 in its first year and then was 5-7 and advanced to the postseason last season.

The biggest difference? Experience.

“Our players who started the program are now seniors,” Archbishop Murphy coach Eric Vaughn. “We have 11 seniors who will be graduating. We have a lot of experience. They work together really well. They’ve worked really hard the last few years.”

Senior Bennett Duffy is the offensive standout. Duffy, who has scored 31 goals, is ranked fourth in points per game in the league. Senior Joseph Doyle also plays a key role in the offense and has 29 goals this season.

The defense is led by senior goalkeeper Justin Lewandowski, who is ranked fourth in goals saved. Senior Will Dowd is another standout in the defense.

The Wildcats seniors have set high goals.

“They want to go to the championship game,” Vaughn said.

The lacrosse team includes some of Archbishop Murphy’s top athletes. Many of the players are involved in other sports, Vaughn said. Duffy and Doyle will be continuing their playing careers in college.

While the 11 seniors are the backbone of the team, the Wildcats have younger players who are contributing this season and are laying the groundwork for future teams.

Sophomore Devin Moore showed promise as a freshman last season and likely will assume a larger role next year. Freshmen Evan Thode and Dennis Walsh have the skills to be good attackmen, Vaughn said. Freshman Connor Benum is being groomed for the faceoff.

Archbishop Murphy even has one girl player – freshman Cece Vaughn, the coach’s daughter. Cece is one of four girls in Washington state playing on boys team. She is a backup goalkeeper and also plays defense.

The Wildcats resume play against Lynden at 7 p.m., Monday, April 10 at Archbishop Murphy High School.

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