April 10, 2018 > Lacrosse: Spartans halfway there
Lacrosse: Spartans halfway there
Submitted By Sherri Rohde
At the halfway point of the season, the Fremont Spartans 14U team is on a roll! 6-0 overall (in conference play they are 3-0). In the Rookie division, Fremont is ranked second to the Walnut Creek Warriors White team, also a perfect 4-0 against Rookie division opponents. Their first-place ranking is due to defeating stronger divisional opponents than Fremont, although the Warriors White are 0-3 against Veteran division opponents while Fremont has defeated both Veteran division teams they have played so far.
Last season, the Spartans U14 went 6-6 in the regular season, but played strong in the 2-game post season, taking down both tournament opponents. Two major reasons for the improved performance: a jump in roster size from 13 to 19, including an infusion of younger players from the Junior 12U level plus new recruits joining the ranks, (primarily from Thornton Middle school after the coaches led a successful series of four after-school camps during Spring and Fall 2017 semesters).
In addition to having enough players to last all four quarters, the attack unit has jumped massively in productivity this year, with over 54% of the team's 126 offensive points (sum of goals and assists), compared to the previous season's 30%. The team's strong performance at the faceoff dot remains unchanged at 72%. Finally, despite playing less overall defense (with the ball spending more time on the offensive half of the field) the team's defensive output has increased from an average of 26 points per game (sum of ground balls and take-aways) to 38 this season. Coach John Wallace notes that even when the ball does get turned over or the opponent's goalie make a save, the Spartans' smothering ride has gotten the ball back 66% of the time before the opponent has even had a chance to play offense.
Six games remain in regular season play, four versus divisional opponents, and two versus veteran squads. The second half will start with a rematch at Alameda vs the rookie Attack team, followed by a trip back to South San Jose to face West Valley's veteran Red Hawks Black.
The Fremont Spartans Lacrosse club is the ONLY youth lacrosse club between Alameda and San Jose and has teams for several age groups. For more information, visit: www.fre-lax.com