New first year coach Munyenneh (Jeff) Griffin is trying to build a solid lacrosse program at QGHS. The team had a rough season last year under the previous coach and is learning an entirely new system and style of play. “We are teaching and stressing fundamentals, which will be developed so that we can compete in the Uwharrie Athletic Conference. The team that is most fundamentally sound has the best chance of winning the close games,” said Coach Griffin.
“By building a strong foundation from the bottom up will help us achieve our goal of winning some games this season and letting our opponents know we will come to play every game. This team will be physical and mentally capable of playing from the opening of every game to the end of each contest. We must be willing to sacrifice and play hard from the moment we step on to the field until we walk off after very game,” said Coach Griffin.
The Stallions have some good returning players with potential who are ready to compete. These players are senior Matthew Balich, defensive Captain Matthew Jefferson, Sophomores Matthew Hicklen, Michael Hicklen, Noah Guerico, and newcomer freshman Micah Merit. These players, along with other teammates, are expected to make a significant contribution to the team during this upcoming season.
“We are trying to create an atmosphere of teamwork, respect, hard work, and a positive mental attitude. We must be both mentally and physically prepared to compete. We must have constant movement, smart positioning, and field awareness to be successful. We cannot afford to have a lapse in focus on the basics or we will struggle,” according to the coach.
The teams strengths are it’s good defense, the ability to attack offensively, and learning to constantly have movement with or without the ball. The boys must come to the ball to remain consistent and still be efficient. The biggest area of improvement for this team is working everyday on their individual catching and passing skills. Once these skills come together, when the boys believe they can compete and win, good things can only happen for this upstart program.