The Viera High boys and girls lacrosse teams are both leaning on some of their younger players for leadership and stressing teamwork this season.
Sophomore Kyle Fischer, who was one of Viera’s top scorers last season, has taken on an even bigger role this year for a boys team that is trying to get back to the district title game — and win it — in 2022.
Viera’s girls have their top two scorers back from last season in seniors Lexi Fischer and Lia Arbeeny, but they’re also getting strong leadership from sophomores Isabella DiSciascio, Averi Foster, Bella Wessel and Catherine Zeek as they try to push toward what they hope will be a successful season.
“I think if we can keep the positive mentality that we’ve had throughout the season, we can definitely get further than we think we can,” DiSciascio said. “It’s all mental, honestly. I think if we doubt ourselves, we’ll stop short.”
Viera already has had a big moment this season, coming back from a 7-1 deficit to beat Satellite 19-17.
The Hawks have 13 seniors, including impact newcomers Reilly Cohick and Ava DiFranco. Zeek is also new to Viera and the Hawks have also added freshmen Addisen Fyrdenlund and goalie Camryn Wallace to the mix.
Through six games, Viera had five players who had scored 10 or more goals and four with nine or more assists.
“We’ve always had three or four good girls,” first-year coach Chad Vice said. “Well, now we have seven girls on the offensive side that can score at any point and time.”
Senior Sophia Del Pozo leads the defense.
Playing in a district that includes Vero Beach — ranked seventh in the nation by MaxPreps — won’t be easy, but Vice has been preaching teamwork, sharing the ball and always giving maximum effort.
“I think what’s good with our team, this year especially, is that we have the ability to fail together and get better from it,” DiSciascio said. “We know how to bounce back.”
Viera’s boys were off to a 5-4 start with Kyle Fischer leading the way with 24 goals — 15 more than anyone else on the team — and just 14 shy of last year’s total.
“I like putting myself out there, trying to be a leader, trying to help out the team,” Kyle Fischer said. “It’s a team sport, so we have to work as a team to get everyone playing. We’ve got to build each other up.”
The Hawks are a young team with just five seniors — Jake Woodruff; Jack Hathaway; Josh Gore; Drew Mertins and Mark Adams.
Sophomore Jacob Glick and junior Eli Menchetti anchor the defense in front of freshman goalie Jackson Lynch.
“The future is bright,” coach Bo Bartlett said. “We’re really excited about it. We still have our goals set for districts. There’s no reason why we can’t get over the district hump and finally bring home a championship. It’s been six years.
“… We can play with anyone in the state on a given night.”