By Nelson Coffin
Catholic High coach Bo Morris knows that one of the main factors helping his team earn a top seed in C Conference playoffs that begin Tuesday at home against Beth Tfiloh was a direct result of having a core of talented seniors back for the 2017 campaign.
And it didn’t hurt to have a slew of standout sophomores and freshmen added to the mix, along with three juniors, who have helped the Cubs remain unbeaten in league play.
“We have some veteran players who know how to get it done,” Morris said. “We also have three or four freshmen starters. It was clear we were going to have talented players to go along with an influx of good freshmen. It was just a matter of putting it all together.”
So far, the Cubs have done just that, losing only to a club team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Against conference opponents, Catholic has done it with defense.
The Cubs have allowed double-digit goals only once this season to a C Conference foe, St. Timothy’s, and yield an average of just 5.6 goals per contest in league competition.
Senior goalie and three-year starter Rachel Shuebrooks, who Morris said is playing exceptionally well, anchors the defense along with senior low defenders Shie Fleek and Lauren McDonough.
On the offensive end, senior attackers Liz Long and Kelly Martyn lead the way for the Cubs.
“We’re optimistic,” Morris said about his Catholic’s bid to claim the program’s first IAAM lacrosse crown. “We don’t really talk about winning a championship. We just try to get better every day and see what happens.