Leading his team to success
Max Stevens, co-captain of the lacrosse team, is optimistic for a successful 2017 campaign
Assistant Sports Editor
Some students know sophomore Max Stevens as the charismatic sophomore class Student Council President who devotes his time serving his school. On the other hand, some of you may know a different Max Stevens, one associated outside of the classroom and school environment. This Max Stevens is one that dominates opponents on the lacrosse field and leads his teammates to victory.
Being a starter on any varsity sports team is an accomplishment in of itself. Now a sophomore, Stevens has been a starter on the lacrosse team since he started playing for the high school last year as a freshman.
Last year, the Freedom High School Lacrosse team finished with a record of 10-10, which qualified them for district playoff contention for the first time in program history. They won their first game, but unfortunately were blown out by Easton in the second round.
“We lost to Easton by 16 last year and then we lost to them this year by three, so we’ve been making a lot of improvements,” said Stevens.
Stevens cites that the lacrosse team got put in the “B” division this for the 2017 season. However, this has not hindered the confidence of the Patriots.
“A main goal is to win our division. So far this year, we’ve been killing it,” said Stevens, referring to a 17-0 victory against Northampton.
Stevens, along with the rest of the lacrosse team, hope to use last year’s success and their hard work during the off season to propel them back to district playoff contention and win multiple games.
“Another goal of mine is to make it back to districts and win more than one game,” said Stevens.
On top of it all, Stevens has been named one of the captains for the varsity lacrosse team, which being only a sophomore, is a massive accomplishment.
Being chosen as a captain is largely due to his devotion and leadership during this past off-season.
“Last year, I got complacent at the end of the year and my coach told me to work harder, so in the off-season I went crazy,” said Stevens.
Aside from lacrosse, Stevens is involved in a multitude of activities including being his class’s student council president, a runner on the Freedom cross country team, and a member of BASD Mini-THON.
“I feel like getting involved in high school, especially with sports, has made high school a lot better because I get to meet a lot of upperclassmen and just a lot of people in general,” said Stevens.
He highly encourages everyone to get involved in sports and activities at Freedom.
All in all, keep an eye out for Stevens and the rest of the patriot lacrosse team as they are sure to make some noise in the East Penn Conference this year.
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