Boys’ Lacrosse Off To Great Start Despite Obstacles


Tvisha Goel

The boys’ varsity lacrosse team gathers during a game to discuss the recent plays. The team has a record of 8-3 and has their next game on March 29 at Miami Country Day.

Tvisha Goel, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Despite sustaining many injuries over the last couple of years, the boys’ lacrosse team maintains its determination and perseverance to
achieve high goals.

Three of the seniors on the team, Jack Horgen, Jack Regnery, and James O’Neill have had to deal with injuries in the last few years of their lacrosse careers. Currently, O’Neill is out of the season due to a leg injury, but while he may not be able to support his teammates on the field, he is their champion on the sidelines, cheering them on through the season.

Additionally, Horgen, who has received an opportunity to play D1 lacrosse at MIT this fall, is also pushing through impact taken to his ankle, but still wants to be there for his team.

“It’s my last year playing lacrosse on the high school team, and I want to make it count, and I don’t want to let this stop me. It’s very exciting to play as a senior. I think the finite aspect that being a senior makes you realize makes the experience that much more fun,” said Horgen.

Last year, Regnery faced injury to his knee, which caused a hiatus in his participation in the sport. However, it taught him important lessons like the importance of a strong work ethic, which he has applied upon getting back onto the field.

“Gaining confidence again after my injury was hard, but over summer I played a lot, so I feel good playing now. I hope we win a state championship, and I really think we will be able to. I want to continue to work hard throughout this season and carry that work ethic with me to the next level,” described Regnery, as he is on track to play D3 lacrosse at Tufts University in the fall.

As the season progresses, the team is able to get a better handle on the team dynamic as well as the improvements necessary in order to reach their collective goal of reaching the state championship.

Horgen stated, “We have the talent so we just need to continue to come together as a team. I think that attitude and focus are something a team can always improve on.”

Junior Brady Quinn affirms the seniors’ leadership on the team saying, “I like the leadership because all the seniors are closely bonded, and
it makes people respect the seniors more.”

The boys’ lacrosse coach, Coach Peter Cordrey has been coaching the
team for four years. Before coming to Benjamin, Coach Cordrey coached at Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey. He continuously sets high standards for the boys as a way to foster improvement among the team, such that each member pushes each other to be better in any way they can.

“This year’s Benjamin team is doing a great job becoming more cohesive.
As winter athletes have joined the team, we are gaining more depth and
competitiveness,” he praised.

Hoping to continue the momentum from the excellent winter sports season at Benjamin, the boys’ lacrosse team has started off very strong, as they intend to run the state championship straight down to the goal despite the injuries sustained through the season’s opening weeks.