Heathwood’s Middle School Boys Lacrosse Team posted an impressive undefeated season in 2017, pulling off win after win against the likes of seasoned programs at Hammond and AC Flora as well as against club teams in the region.
The team benefited from great buzz about the experience of last year’s participants, which brought out even more players this year. Great coaching also had a lot to do with the team’s success, with Head Coach (and Upper School Head) George Scouten ably assisted by current parent Joe Moran.
We asked Coach Scouten to reflect on what made this season memorable and why he loved coaching this group of players:
—What was the secret of this team’s success?
We had a great group of kids with a positive outlook and a lot of buy-in. We also placed a great deal of emphasis on fundamentals—passing and catching with both hands. We probably spent 1/3 of our practice time in this manner. Another key was missing less practice this year—we had better weather and Joe and I were able to better provide coverage for every practice. Finally, Joe and I make a great team. We have a similar philosophy and have a lot of fun coaching together.
—What was your proudest moment this season as a coach?
Probably beating Hammond 14-2. The previous year they beat us—badly. This year, they were still an older team than we were, but we were in the driver’s seat the entire game.
—What did you most enjoy about coaching this team?
Spending time with the kids. It was hard to carve out time for coaching, but once I did, it was always a highlight of my day.
—What do you love about the game of lacrosse?
I love everything about it—I love being out on the field, and in the springtime, when the weather starts to warm up a little, I can’t wait to be on the field as a player or as a coach. I love that it involves thinking, finesse, speed, physicality. Whatever attributes you have as a player, you can find a role in lacrosse.