To cap the 2013 season, the Golden Lions won six of their final eight games en route to a 9-10 record and currently they are 9-2 and winners of five straight.
“We had to figure a lot of stuff out last year,” St. Pius coach Scott Carter said. “We were relatively young. The end of last season has definitely carried over into the beginning of this year.
“The guys put a lot of work into the offseason,” Carter said. “They did what they needed to do between the two seasons so they are taking care of business so far this year.”
Carter also feels team chemistry is a big part of these results.
“It’s very much been a team effort,” Carter said. “There is a lot of team unity on this squad because they have all been through it together last season. The younger guys have definitely stepped up where they needed to when we weren’t sure what we were going to get.”
This means senior midfielder Patrick Girard, who will play for Haverford College next year, doesn’t have to carry all the weight on offense. Now, Franklin Young (sophomore), Matt Doelling (senior), Tristan Otto (junior) and Kevin Quigley (senior) have stepped forward to score more.
“Offensively, we are a lot stronger than we were last year,” Carter said. “This year we’ve got all of these other guys who have stepped up and [Patrick] has done a great job of leading them and distributing the offense.”
According to laxpower.com, St. Pius averaged 7.79 goals per game last season. This year, the Golden Lions are averaging 12.64 goals.
Up next on the Golden Lions’ schedule is North Atlanta on Wednesday but the matchup with Decatur later this month and Marist in May are two key dates on their calendar.
“Those games have playoff implications so those are the two teams that we worry the most about,” Carter said. “We have to be ready to play pretty much mistake-free lacrosse in order to beat those guys.”