Not just “X’s and O’s”

2013.05.28 - Manchester, CT - With the day's practice over, East Catholic lacrosse players (L-R) Bill Heaney, Mike DiLoreto and Jake McCarthy use the day's final hours of light to practice on the eve of their school's first Division S tournament game. East Catholic has won 20 games in the past two seasons after winning only 18 in its first six. This season East Catholic had the 17th-best goal differential in the state (3.88), allowing 6.29 while scoring 10.18. With just six seniors, juniors such as Heaney, with 19 goals, have led the attack. “We never really got a lot of respect before,” says senior captain Jake Gonzalez. “But now everyone has been coming out to the games, it has been a lot more serious, and everyone is wishing us luck instead of a little bit of ridicule.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

2013.05.28 – Manchester, CT – With practice officially over, East Catholic lacrosse players (L-R) Bill Heaney, Mike DiLoreto and Jake McCarthy use the day’s final hours of light to practice on the eve of their school’s first Division S tournament game. East Catholic has won 20 games in the past two seasons after winning only 18 in its first six. This season East Catholic had the 17th-best goal differential in the state (3.88), allowing 6.29 while scoring 10.18. With just six seniors, juniors such as Heaney, with 19 goals, have led the attack. “We never really got a lot of respect before,” says senior captain Jake Gonzalez. “But now everyone has been coming out to the games, it has been a lot more serious, and everyone is wishing us luck instead of a little bit of ridicule.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

By NICK GREENE, ngreene@courant.com
The Hartford Courant
9:55 p.m. EDT, May 28, 2013

MANCHESTER—
Lacrosse practice is no joking matter at East Catholic High School, where showing up on time is five minutes late by coach Glen Boggini’s watch. Boggini and his coaching staff are businesslike in their operation, trying to create something every team wants: sustained success.

“We are not just teaching them about X’s and O’s, we are teaching them a little about life,” Boggini said. “You’ve got to come prepared, be ready to go. That’s what I hope, for the rest of their lives they understand what it takes to be successful. It is hard work.”

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