Surprising results for Grizzlies in second season | Lacrosse

By David Pan | May 05, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Senior Cole Russon has helped lead Glacier Peak to 10 straight victories.

The Glacier Peak boys lacrosse team is making a surprising run in its second year of existence.

The Grizzlies are undefeated heading into their final regular season matchup against Snohomish on Friday, May 4.

No one is more surprised about the success of Glacier Peak (10-0) than its coach Jean-Claude de Raoulx.

“We graduated seven, eight seniors last season and the prospects for this year were that we were rebuilding,” de Raoulx said. “The boys that are now juniors and seniors have really stepped up. … We’re very fortunate that we have a good core of freshmen players.

“The guys have coalesced into a team. It’s been a pleasant surprised.”

Glacier Peak edged Kamiak 6-3 on Tuesday, April 24, at Kamiak High School and then defeated Monroe 15-6 Monday, April 30, at Glacier Peak High School. The Grizzlies will host a yet-to-be determined opponent in the playoffs at 7 p.m., Friday, May 11, at Glacier Peak High School.

The Grizzlies run a balanced offense with six players with 14 or more goals. Sophomore Michel Schideler leads the team with 33 goals.

“He’s a serious offensive threat,” de Raoulx said.

Senior Cole Russon is right behind his teammate with 30 goals.

“He’s done a marvelous job providing leadership,” de Raoulx said.

The defense is anchored by sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Anderson. De Raoulx describes the defense as being very tight with most shots coming from 12 to 15 yards out.

With about 15 freshmen and sophomores, the Grizzlies are still learning how to adapt and making changes with game plans and strategies, de Raoulx said.

“The issues are controlling the ball and making intelligent passes,” he said.

But with the prospect of an undefeated season within reach, de Raoulx wants to see more of the same.

“What I’ve been preaching is playing with a purpose,” he said. “They have continued to challenge themselves and move forward. I’m very proud of them.”

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