Written by: Matt Saint-Louis
For the 2017 season, McMahon lacrosse sees a familiar face return to the team. Andy Stockfisch, teacher at McMahon who stepped down from his head coaching position in 2015, rejoins the boys as an assistant coach for the lacrosse team this season.
In his first stint as head coach at McMahon (2013-15), he lead the team to two state tournament appearances and an FCIAC appearance in 2014. He had an overall record of 19-18. However, before this he was already an established coach in the FCIAC, coaching at Ridgefield High School, where he led Ridgefield to the state championship game in his second year. He was also awarded FCIAC Coach of the Year.
After just 2 seasons, Stockfisch went out on a high note, coaching the Senators to a #20 seed and to the quarterfinals in the state tournament, including a major upset versus #4 seed Xavier. However, after losing in the quarterfinals, this would be the last time the team would see Stockfisch as their head coach. He came to a point where he had to put his family over his job. He had a child on the way and that and his wife was his main priority. His presence as head coach was certainly missed by his players. “Not having him around last season was a little difficult for the seniors and juniors because we were so used to having him around. It’s nice having someone you are comfortable with and know, someone you can talk to during school and someone you can go to whenever,” said player Brendan Quinlan-Huertas.
With that being said, he is the assistant coach and Coach Dana is still the head coach. The players are ecstatic to have Stock back but still have confidence in their head coach. Roman Fillyaw says, “ We were so used to having Stock that when he left, we had to learn to get comfortable with him (Coach Dana) and trust him. We still have to continue to trust him, but having a familiar face back will make that a little easier.”
The players and program are glad to have a familiar face back, one that happens to be very accomplished at every level, both playing and coaching. Stock and the Senators look to pick up where they left off, with a successful spring.