SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Durant boys lacrosse team has found its winning ways over the last six weeks, reeling off five straight victories to move to 5-2 on the 2017 season.
The most recent win came against Brackenridge HS of San Antonio, Texas by a 13-4 score. The winning streak is the longest in the history of the third-year program.
During the streak the Durant squad also defeated Midland (Texas), 8-2; Dallas Bridge, 9-5; Denton (Texas), 6-5; and San Antonio Central Catholic, 12-2.
“These have been good wins for us,” Durant Lacrosse Program Director Mike Delloro said. “We’ve been playing well these past five games and it’s started with our defense. Parker Morgan, DHS Junior, has been a beast in the trenches for us. He is averaging 6 caused turnovers per game and starting to garner attention from several college coaches. Our attack has been rock solid and the midfield has been lights out, allowing 3.6 goals a game during these five wins.”
“We still have work to do, but it’s been good to see us turn a corner since those first two games. We’re playing smarter and making the strides you hope to see. These results against out of state opponents will give us an edge before we begin our Oklahoma Heartland Lacrosse League play in April.”
Durant has held four its last five opponents to five goals or less.
Brandon Carmichael, DHS junior, led the Lions squad during this 5 game stretch with 12 goals, and two assists. Austin Boes, another junior, has three goals and 11 assists. Parker Morgan has recorded 47 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. Freshmen, Michael Lee has averaged near 70 percent at the faceoff position and Mason Phillips scored three goals.
The team moves into Spring Break with momentum and some time off. Coach Delloro said, “It’s important we take some time off and that our players focus on schoolwork and other sports. We have numerous multisport athletes on the team and representing DHS in those sports always come first over lacrosse!”
Delloro continued by saying, “Our trips to Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Tulsa are great ways for our players to play against top competition and contrasting styles of play. In almost every game, college coaches and or scouts are in the stands looking for future athletes. We have a ton of athleticism here in Durant and its definitely showing by the calls I get weekly on some of our players. Several of our players have a future playing scholarship collegiate lacrosse.”
Lacrosse in Oklahoma is a non-sanctioned OSSAA sport however there are now close to 20 Oklahoma High Schools participating, a growth of over 400 percent in the last three years.
Durant next travels to Shreveport, LA on April 2nd and Bishop Kelley on April 22nd before beginning an important homestand April 29th against Owasso.
For more information about lacrosse, including Spring youth lacrosse for boys and girls, visit DurantLacrosse.com