Digital Access

Digital Access
Access kcchronicle.com and all Shaw Media Illinois content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Want to make sure you receive the latest local news? We’ve got you covered! Get the best in local news, sports, community events, with focus on what’s coming up for the weekend. Weekly mail subscription offers

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from Kane County Chronicle, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Sign up for free email alerts. We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox.
Sports

Boys Lacrosse: Previewing the teams in the Kane County Chronicle coverage area

St. Charles North's Josh Uhri (17) scored 34 goals last season for the North Stars, and was the Kane County Chronicle boys lacrosse Player of the Year.
St. Charles North's Josh Uhri (17) scored 34 goals last season for the North Stars, and was the Kane County Chronicle boys lacrosse Player of the Year.

The boys lacrosse season gets underway soon. Here are previews of teams from around the Kane County Chronicle coverage area.

BATAVIA BULLDOGS

Coach: Nick Lundberg

2019 record: 2-14

TOP PLAYERS

Myles Prodoehl, so., A

Cameron Evans, sr., LSM

Jake Kleist, sr., M

Nolan Runge, sr., A

Outlook: The Bulldogs welcome back 2015 Batavia graduate Nick Lundberg to take over the head coaching duties for a program that struggled last season. Lundberg, who played at Clarke University, is ready for the challenge.

“After a tough last season, we are really hoping to turn things around this year,” he said. “All the guys are really on board with the coaching staff and are ready to shock some teams. The guys have been working super hard and I am pumped up to see what comes of it.”

Lundberg likes what he sees from the team’s defense, calling it the deepest position on the team.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to move guys around and see what works best," he said.

GENEVA VIKINGS

Coach: Tyler Thomas

2019 record: 15-5

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Jake Costello, sr., LSM

Clark Giansanti, jr., M

Johnny Marietti, so., A

Brody Oleson, sr., D

Outlook: Things are looking up for the Vikings. After a 15-win campaign, the team welcomes back a group loaded with upperclassmen leadership with 14 players returning who started multiple games last year and have great versatility.

“We have multiple players that are expected to play multiple positions all over the field for us and that will allow us to get our best players on the field at once,” Geneva coach Tyler Thomas said. “We have a very strong and talented group of upperclassmen who have put in the time, effort and work to make not only themselves better, but the whole team better, along with multiple underclassmen that are stepping up and leading the team.”

Johnny Marietti (40 goals, 17 assists), Clark Giansanti (40 goals), Brody Oleson (26 ground balls) and Jake Costello (213 ground balls, 79% faceoffs, 49 forced turnovers) return.

Thomas said as talented as the Vikings are, they are young, so it may take a little while for the team to really click. But once the Vikings do, they expect to make a run for a conference title.

KANELAND KNIGHTS

Coach: Davey Jasper

2019 record: 4-8

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

TomEberhardt, sr., A

Bennett Leach, sr., A

Wilson Giffney, sr., D

Holden Scott, sr., M

Outlook: New coach Jasper, who comes over from Geneva, is the fourth coach in five years at Kaneland. He's looking to establish consistency for years to come.

“Ultimately this season will be a success if we can lay the foundation for Kaneland to become a legitimate program in Illinois,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, we have nothing to lose and everything to prove.”

The Knights will lean heavily on the experience and leadership of their seniors and aim for better success in tight ballgames. They were 1-4 last spring in games decided by three goals or less.

Jasper said the program is only 11-24 in its brief three-year history and will focus less on wins and losses and more on building a culture of hard work and accountability.

“We’re going to build on the little things every day and pay attention to details,” he said. “They say coaches win practices and players win games, so we all have our work cut out for us.”

MARMION CADETS

Coach: Angelo Carbonara

2019 record: 2-11

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Joey Calabria, so., A

Andrew Galle, jr., A

Ben Hansen, sr., D

Outlook: Last season Marmion focused its attention on rebuilding the program and struggled through the season with limited success. The Cadets are ready to see growth and hard work correlate into success this spring.

“Our outlook for this season is positive,” Marmion coach Angelo Carbonara said. “We understood that last year was a rebuilding year based on how young we were. But with returning players stepping into their junior years and having experience from last year’s season, we are looking to shock the conference.”

Attackmen Joey Calabria and Andrew Galle had 51 goals and 26 assists between them in eight games of recorded stats a season ago, so look for the duo to pick up where they left off. Senior Ben Hansen anchors the defense.

“The biggest strengths of our program this year will be our returners on our offensive side,” Carbonara said. “We are returning 100 percent of our starters. Our weakness will be on our defense, considering our senior goalie and senior LSM are graduated.”

ST. CHARLES EAST SAINTS

Coach: Mike Black

2019 record: 5-7

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Max Connelly, sr., M

Calvin Eberhart, sr., D

Mitch Majewski, sr., G

Outlook: Mike Black, the founder and director of River City Lacrosse, takes over as coach at St. Charles East and said it’s going to be a rebuilding year – but one filled with optimism. “We have a lot of talent and great leadership that will lead the new era of St. Charles East lacrosse,” he said.

The Saints will rely heavily on their seniors, as well as leadership from their upperclassmen, as they try to adapt quickly to implementing new systems and team concepts that Black is able to offer.

ST. CHARLES NORTH NORTH STARS

Coach: Kyle Pepich

2019 record: 11-4

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Josh Uhri, sr., A

Jack Cunningham, sr., M

Blake Wohlwend, sr., D

Lucas Koefelda, sr., D

Outlook: Fresh off a conference championship season, the North Stars should be even stronger this spring with 18 varsity players returning with another year of experience along with a strong group of seniors to provide leadership.

There’s also inspiration as coach Kyle Pepich said the coaches have dedicated the season to Zack James, a former North Stars lacrosse player from the Class of 2018 who passed away unexpectedly in November. “Our players have a lot of motivation and reason to play hard every day,” Pepich said.

Adelphi recruit Josh Uhri, last year’s DuKane Conference Player of the Year (34 goals, 18 assists) and Bellarmine commit Jack Cunningham, who also had 34 goals, return to lead the offense. Captains Blake Wohlwend (32 takeaways) and Lucas Koefelda (24 takeaways) will lead the defense.

ST. FRANCIS SPARTANS

Coach: Vince Trombetta

2019 record: 2-13

TOP PLAYERS

NAME YEAR POS.

Cale Baumgartner, sr., M

Anthony Donati, sr., M

Kevin O’Connell, sr., D

Connor Plan, sr., M

Outlook: New coach Trombetta is yet another newcomer on the scene who played recently. Trombetta, who played and coached at Bartlett, inherits a program with some experienced players but little success.

The Spartans will rely heavily on their senior leadership, with their biggest strength coming at midfield with seniors Cale Baumgartner, Anthony Donati and Connor Plan leading the way.

“The group is excited to try to bring some excitement back to the boys lacrosse program,” Trombetta said. “I believe this year you will see some great team play out of this group with multiple players on the stat sheets every game. Also look for some younger guys stepping up and making a name for themselves, especially at the goalie position."

Loading more