The Wellington School boys lacrosse team is looking to bounce back from last season even though it is undergoing a youth movement.
The Jaguars, who finished 2-16 last year, feature only one senior in midfielder Will Edwards.
Other returnees are juniors Moshen Abdeli (defender), George Emery (attacker), Sheridan Shumate (midfielder), Ben Sloneker (defender) and Casey Winkle (attacker) and sophomores Nate Beam (goalkeeper), Jack Chester (midfielder) and Roth Dehlendorf (defender), Luke Lui (midfielder), Alex Tannous (attacker) and Jacob Wobbrock (midfielder).
Edwards, Chester and Dehlendorf are captains.
Rounding out the roster are sophomore midfielder Marcus Adams, freshmen midfielders Sam Kim and Dom Ragusa, freshmen attackers James Rohrbach and J.T. Seitz and freshman goalie Matt Strasser.
"This team is very young," coach Patrick Donlon said. "We have only one senior, so our younger players are going to have to step up into leadership roles.
"Our strength is going to be in our unity. Our focus is to play as one cohesive unit."
Wellington was 0-3 before playing St. Charles on April 2. The Jaguars opened March 28 with a 16-1 loss to Morgantown (W.Va.) University and lost two games March 29, falling to Kingston (Pa.) Wyoming Seminary 14-2 and Saltsburg (Pa.) Kiski Prep 12-3.
"Our main goal every year is to grow as men and learn life lessons through lacrosse that can be used their whole life," Donlon said. "On the field, we are looking to improve daily and to peak for the (Division II Central Region) tournament.
"Our season starts off with a very difficult stretch of games to help our young players understand the level of competition and see on film the areas we need to improve."
Baseball team has plenty of experience
The baseball team has an experienced lineup, as 10 players who started multiple games last season have returned.
Wellington, which finished 12-10 last year, was 0-2 before playing Harvest Prep on April 1. The Jaguars played their first two games in Orlando, Fla., losing 17-0 to Wellsburg (W.Va.) Brooke on March 29 and 12-2 to Washington (D.C.) Georgetown Day on March 30.
The returnees are seniors Grayson Ashby (P/SS/3B), Joe Campbell (C), Anthony Davis (CF/P) and Josh Roseler (RF), juniors Linus Beatty (1B), Matt Conger (RF), Elliott Fite (2B/SS/3B) and Zach Kauffman (SS/3B/P) and sophomores Obinna Adams-John (2B) and Preston Fuller (C).
Last season, Kauffman was 5-1 with a 3.44 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings and hit .328 with 16 RBI and 25 runs and Ashby was 3-7 with a 4.43 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 49 innings and batted .406 with 17 RBI and 31 runs. Both were named second-team all-district in Division IV.
Roseler (.364, 8 RBI, 15 runs), Conger (.350, 12 RBI, 12 runs), Davis (.296, 14 RBI, 34 runs) and Campbell (.294, 5 RBI, 6 runs) also were key offensive contributors last season.
Rounding out the roster are senior Josh Leino (OF), juniors Henry Bacha (OF) and Mason McIntyre (OF), sophomores Preston Fuller (C/DH) and Will Taylor (3B) and freshmen Ryan O'Neil (OF), Ngozi Pinkston (OF) and Adam Porter (1B).
"I expect us to continue to be strong at the plate and on the base paths," Jones said. "Elliott Fite, Preston Fuller, and Matt Conger should make significant contributions at the plate along with Grayson Ashby, Zach Kauffman and Anthony Davis. Mason McIntyre is one of the team's newest additions. He has tremendous speed and should be a real asset to us on the base paths.
"We are intensely focused on improving our pitching and defense. Winning the free-bases battle, including walks, errors, passed balls, hit by pitches, balks, etc., is our top priority. Our pitchers have been focusing on doing a better job of throwing first-pitch strikes and working ahead in the count."