Spring Season Recap 2018

FCA grew to eight teams this spring: one Mini, one Junior, three Minors, and three Majors. We began practicing indoors in mid-January after our evaluation sessions and moved outdoors in March. Our season kicked off with our first games in early April. All eight teams played 7-8 IBLA games. Our A- and B-level teams also attended the Top Shelf tournament in June.

Off the field, FCA players and families participated in three events aimed to promote service, team-bonding, and ‘family’-bonding. Our families and players served at Feed My Starving Children just before our outdoor practices began. Near the end of the Wheaton Academy lacrosse season, families and players gathered again for FCA Family Night where we ate dinner together, listened to speakers, and would have watched the WA Lax Varsity team play had it not been for the weather.

All eight teams participated in the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association (IBLA) playoffs the weekend of June 9 and 10.

Mini (K-2) Black played at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein on Saturday, June 9. The played in the Mini Gold division playoff and narrowly lost an amazing game against the Lake Villa Timberwolves Gold (final score 12 to 10). The Mini’s regular season record was 6 and 2, which earned them second place in the southwest conference. Coaches Beth, Craig, Mikey, Nick, Aiden, and Emery are super proud of how much the boys have learned this spring and how they played great lacrosse in the playoffs. Six of the 14 Minis were brand new to lacrosse!

Mini team, 2018.
Mini Black team, 2018.

Junior (3-4) Black played at Newton Park in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, June 9. Despite losing a tough second-round game against Fox Valley 3 in the Junior B Silver division (final score 9 to 8), they played solid ball and played as a team. Coaches Dan and Jeff loved the way this team learned to play together throughout the spring. Of the team’s final five regular season games, they were able to earn a W in three of them. Amazingly, 11 of this team’s 21 players had played lacrosse only one year or were entirely new to lacrosse. Way to go Juniors!

Junior B team, 2018.
Junior Black team at their playoff games, 2018.

Minor (5-6) White played at Townline Community Park in Lake Forest on Saturday, June 9. The Minor C team played their hearts out that day and went on to win the Minor C Bronze division. Way to go Champs!! Coaches Fung, Graham, Jonathan, and Henry coached this team throughout the spring — they were thrilled to see these 17 players (11 of which had only 1 year of playing experience or less) finally click and have success together as a team.

Minor C team was 'all business' before their Championship game, 2018.
Minor White team was ‘all business’ before their Minor C Bronze Championship game, 2018.

Minor (5-6) Black played at Harper College in Palatine on Sat, June 9. They won the Championship for the Minor B Bronze division by defeating the #1 seeded Glen Ellyn Bulldogs 5 White (final score 5 to 1). Coaches Collins and Hubbard are proud of the way the boys dug deep and played together to go all the way!

Minor Black was won the Minor B Bronze Championship, 2018.
Minor Black won the Minor B Bronze Championship, 2018.

Minor (5-6) Maroon played at Calvary Church in Naperville on Sat, June 9. They lost to Fox Valley 6 Black in the Minor A Gold division playoffs. They placed fourth in their conference during the regular season with 5 wins and 4 losses. Coaches Miller and Mouw loved coaching this great group of boys throughout the spring!

Minor Maroon, 2018.
Minor Maroon, 2018.

Major (7-8) White played at the Tim Osmond Sports Complex in Antioch on Saturday, June 9. They lost to Huntley 8/7 Red, the champs of the Major C Silver division playoffs. They placed third in their regular-season conference with 5 wins and 3 losses. Coaches Kai and Pearse wish their graduating 8th graders well as they transition to high school, and hope to see the brand new (and returning) players with a stick in their hands over the next year.

Major White team at their playoff game, 2018.
Major White team at their playoff game, 2018.

Major (7-8) Black played at Hawthorne Community Park in Hawthorne Woods on Sun, June 10. The boys battled hard but came up short with a 2 to 1 loss against Barrington Majors Red in the second round of the Major B Bronze division playoffs. Coaches Works, Meeters, Weisenborn, and Miller enjoyed watching this team (half of which were new to FCA Lax) gel and start to play hard as a team as the spring progressed! We will surely miss our graduating 8th graders and the leadership they provided for the team — we hope to see you on the lax field next spring.

Major Black team, 2018.
Major Black team, 2018.

Major (7-8) Maroon played at New Trier High School in Winnetka on Sun, June 10. The team lost a nail-biter (final score 3 to 2) against the Bombers, who would go on to win the Major A Silver division. Coaches Weisenborn, Dale, Crandell, and Peacock wish their rising 9th graders well as they transition to high school and hope to see them back on the field next spring with a lax stick in their hand!

Major Maroon team, 2018.
Major Maroon team, 2018.

 

Congrats to all of our players and coaches on another successful FCA Lacrosse season. Special thanks to all of our awesome FCA Lacrosse families — we could not do it without your support!

 


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