In a year of phenomenal of sports action, the Prosper boys lacrosse team has added to the winning tradition at Prosper High School. Since its inaugural season in 2012, the Eagles have become quite the competitor for other surrounding teams in the area, and this year has been their most successful season thus far.
Most commonly played on the East Coast, the popularity of lacrosse is quickly migrating into the southern region of the country.
“It’s one of the fastest growing sports out there,” club sponsor Mark Delano said. “Because of the issues that football has with concussions, a lot of families are pushing their boys to play other sports.”
Lacrosse has become just that. Since it has become one of the most competitive areas in the state, North Texas houses some of the best teams, including the newly-developed Prosper squad. And with a district that is rapidly on the rise, Delano said it’s a prime opportunity for more boys to get involved with the program.
In the five years that they have been established, the team has grown greatly; so much in fact that they are struggling to find space for the boys to practice.
“By the second year (for the team), there were over a hundred families involved,” Delano said.
Delano says they have to compete for time and space with other local sports at Frontier Park, but it hasn’t stopped them from growing the program.
In the 2017 season, the Eagles clinched their first ever playoff win in the post-season against Plano East, defeating the team 8-6. The win matched them up against the second-ranked team from the south district — Langham Creek. The Eagles had no problem with the Houston-based team however, snagging a dominating 18-7 victory for a berth against Rockwall. Despite their best efforts, as the No. 1 team in the state and full of experienced senior players, Rockwall proved to be too powerful, routing the Eagles 13-4.
And with their best season yet under their belt, next year’s squad will have some big shoes to fill to make up for the departure of seven important members of the team.
Seniors Josh Fisk, Collin Harber, Clay Fearin, Drew Dixon, Orion Clark, Benjamin Cusimano and Cole Turner were recently recognized for their accomplishments during their four years of competition. As the oldest members of the team, and representatives of the program’s transition from its humble three-win beginnings, Booster Club member Carrie Behrens said in an email that the seniors were “instrumental in the development of a winning program.”
Although the high school program focuses primarily on the varsity squad, Delano said that others can become involved with the sport through the Prosper Youth Sports Association to prepare them for high school competition. And while the 2017 season has come to a close, Delano said he is excited for the future of the program.
“Overall it was a great season,” Delano said. “We finished only two games shy of a State Championship and we are only getting better.”