The 2015 spring Blackhawks, like all other area spring sports teams, dealt with a schedule disrupted by snow, rain, and wet fields, but finally got in some practice and were able to get in their first game on Thursday, March 12 against Oak Ridge Military, the latest season start in six years. After a 15-3 win over a young but scrappy team from Oak Ridge Military, the ‘Hawks played one of their most disappointing games in recent memory, losing 11-1 to the always-tough Clayton Warriors after a fairly even first half. On Saturday, March 21, the ‘Hawks gave a better performance, beating Central Cabarrus, 14-7, and Village Vipers, 11-10, in back-to-back games in Fayetteville.
This year’s team, under the direction of 2nd-year head coach Sam Newland, features several seniors who are in their 4th year of spring lacrosse with the Blackhawks — Isaac Shore (2014 team leader in goals), Kyle Beinke, Gabe O’Dea, Brandon Creasey (2014 assists leader), and Cesar Grisales — along with senior defender Tracer Leonard (2014 leader in ground balls and loose balls caused) and gritty faceoff midfielder Brenan Romero. This group is joined by a group of eager underclassmen who will form the backbone of future spring squads.
This year features the first-ever state championship tournament for high school club teams in North Carolina, which will be held on May 16-17 in Asheville.
For more information, see Spring ’15 Team.