As the third and final season of sports rolls around, there are a couple of rising stars to watch in lacrosse and outdoor track. Students like Caitlyn Hocker (‘20), John Gatt (‘19) and Savannah Bromley (‘19) have major potential for the spring season.
The McMahon girls lacrosse team has started to climb the ladder of success over the past two years by making States for the first time in eight years last season. Returning starter, Caitlyn Hocker, has had a great time with the team for the last three years and explains how their growth is phenomenal. They averaged eleven goals per game, which is twice as high as the boy's lacrosse team.
“I think MLax [Brien McMahon Lacrosse] has a very bright future. The program is building and our coaches have worked hard to bring up the intensity of the program.”
Not only has girls lacrosse gotten better over the years, but boys lacrosse has also started to improve. With star goalie Peter Ripperger having left for University of Delaware, John Gatt must try and fill his shoes to keep McMahon’s record where it was last year, or even better.
“I think the future is really bright for McMahon lacrosse. We truly have one of the best coaching staffs in the FCIAC that are dedicated to us becoming a top program. I hope that in a few years that we'll be able to compete with the best teams in the state.”
Savannah Bromley also has big goals for her spring track season. After making Outdoor Nationals last year, she aims to increase her main event, high jump, as well as the 4x100m relay, 200m and, hopefully, the 4x400m relay.
“I was pleased with how our 4x100 relay team did this year but I wish I did better in high jump.” Bromley explained.