Big off-season means high hopes for Viera High boys lacrosse
Viera High coach Matt Sepesi has been impressed with just how much his players have improved since last season. That can only mean good things for the Hawks.
Viera Voice Carl Kotala
Take an already solid roster, put in a lot of hard work in the offseason, and you have the ingredients for a pretty successful year.
At least that’s what the Viera High boys lacrosse team is hoping for this year.
“I think we’re a very good team,” Viera coach Matt Sepesi said. “The improvement that the kids had from last year to this year is huge. They all personally worked hard in the offseason to get to where they’re at now.
“This is my fourth year coaching and the amount that the players have improved from last season to this season is the most I’ve ever seen.”
Junior attackman Connor Neff and senior defender Joey Bowen were just two of the Hawks who played in summer and fall leagues in order to improve their games for this season, and both think the Hawks will have a well-rounded team.
“Our attack and (defense) are pretty solid this year,” Neff said.
Other key players for Viera this season will include senior Alex Lenk (attack), sophomore Lane Miller (attack), senior Tyler Dacy (defense), junior Austin Crawford (defense), junior John Cassario (midfield) and senior Kyle Morgan (midfield).
Last year’s team reached the semifinals of the district tournament, but this season the Hawks are hoping to get to the championship game and beyond.
Viera will compete in the same district with Merritt Island, Rockledge, Holy Trinity and Satellite.
“The chemistry this year is a lot better than last year, for sure,” Bowen said.
Viera also has had an influx of new players at the midfield position, which should be a key since they lost a number of seniors from that spot last season.
“We have a couple of new players this year that are football players,” Bowen said. “We’re trying to get them up to par playing (midfield) defense.”
It’s nice to have some extra size on the field, but the most impressive thing about the football players has been their knack for picking up the sport quickly and their dedication to improving.
“They’ve invested themselves in learning the game, which is nice,” Sepesi said. VV