In what will be their seventh season as a program, the Indian River High School boys’ lacrosse team has the looks of finally getting over the Henlopen Conference South Division title hump.
With head coach Dave Spencer leading the charges for his second season — his fourth overall with the program — the Indians will rely heavily on a strong group of experienced players who have been with the program for some time now.
IR is certainly looking to improve upon last season’s disappointing 6-9 season, and the team is solely focused on getting that elusive South Division crown.
“We have every expectation to be competitive,” Spencer said of his season outlook. “Our goal is to get that Henlopen Conference South title.”
With a program that has gone 58-41 through its first six seasons, the returning members can certainly grow that winning percentage and could make the goal of the division championship a reality.
Seniors Patrick Spencer, Zach Schultz and Sam Miltner are the most experienced of a group of returning players that also includes juniors Ethan Forrey, Thomas Harris, Dylan White and R.J. Rybicki. Sophomore Ryan Furman is also expected to be a key contributor, having picked up significant playing time last year as a freshman.
That group will have to replace the team’s leading scorer from last year, in Cole Josetti, as well as Wyatt Kovatch, Ryan Burbridge and Ithan Dunlap.
Newcomers who are looking like they will fit right into the program include Reece Stone, Ben Spencer and Ben McCabe.
The Indians will open their 2019 season with a road contest at Dover on Monday, March 25, before opening up a three-game home stand that includes South Division rival Lake Forest on Wednesday, March 27, and then non-conference tilts with Gunston School of Maryland and Caravel Academy.
By Jason Feather