Boys Lacrosse: Colonels implement new system

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By Sam Draut

With a majority of its roster comprised of underclassmen last season, Oldham County boys lacrosse returns a sizeable contingent from a year ago. The program has more consistency in year-two under coach Danny DiSantis, after it had different four coaches in four years, but the Colonels may look different on the field this season.

After using an ice hockey type lineup last spring with line one, two and three, made necessary because of depth, or lack thereof, Oldham County should have a more traditional lineup this year.

“We have the ability to do it now because we have more depth,” Danny DiSantis said. “We are going to have offensive and defensive middies.

“We have a long stick middie, he is on when we are on defense and the short stick middie will be on when we are on offense.”

An interchange like that wasn’t possible for the Colonels last season, but they are able to do that with all three middle field positions this year.

Though it may take several games for the players to adjust to the new shifting pattern and right combination, it will be more beneficial for the Colonels.

“With the new middie set up, more people are playing to their specialty,” John Nieves said.

In the preseason, along with the new shifts, Danny DiSantis said the team has worked to get back the synergy of playing together and fundamentals. 

During the opening faceoff in games last season, Oldham County would typically start five freshmen.

“Now they are sophomores, they are bigger, they know the game better,” Danny DiSantis said.

Three of the freshmen that started last season were attackers Jake Justice, Austin Barnes and Luke Mettling. In the Colonels’ second-highest scoring output in 2017, the trio combined for 13 goals.

Justice will be tasked with managing the offensive attack.

“He has great awareness,” Danny DiSantis said.

The Colonels bring back a good portion of its defense from last year, including goalkeeper TJ DiSantis. The senior thinks the defensive unit has improved dramatically since last year, his first season with Oldham County.

“Our defensive unit is really strong because they have been working together for three years,” Matthew Winkle said. “This year we are working better together.”

Opponent Analysis

“They are getting there. They continue to build up their program.”

Games to Watch

March 10 vs. Male. March 26 vs. Eastern. April 18 at Ballard. April 27 vs. North Oldham. May 2 at South Oldham.