Athletes in the News
Also, here's a preview of the story on the boys' lacrosse team that will appear in the summer Genesis magazine.
The boys' varsity lacrosse team finished the season with its eighth-straight WCAL title and an overall record of 19–2. The boys also earned the highest national ranking the team has enjoyed since the sport began at SI in 1979. US Lacrosse Magazine ranked SI the fifth best squad in the country and the only West Coast school in its top 25 list. In addition, SI was ranked first in the West by Inside Lacrosse and 10th in the nation.
SI's success comes, in part, from an East Coast tour that saw two victories (Garden City and Chaminade) and only one loss to Landon of Washington, D.C., ranked first in the nation.
Four seniors on the team were recruited to play for their respective colleges, including Patrick Brosnan for Bryant University, Nick Clarke for Bucknell University, Hall Peters for the University of Virginia and Bryn Evans for Harvard. Evans was selected as the National Player of the Week by LaxRecords.com for scoring three goals against Landon and six against Chaminade. Evans and Peters were also selected for the July 1 Under Armour All-America Game that aired nationally on ESPN and that featured the 60 best players in the country.
For Head Coach Chris Packard — now in his 16th season with the program and ninth year as head coach — this year's victories have much to do with the long-term success of the program. "Once again, I feel fortunate to be part of SI and to be able to lead the young men during the spring. I'm humbled to coach an awesome group of kids at a great school."
Here is Coach Packard's top 10 list for why SI lacrosse has been so successful over the years:
1. The Alumni: SI has one of the most supportive alumni networks in the U.S.
2. The School: SI supports our program in ways that go beyond what other schools do, from allowing us to fly to the East Coast to assisting us with a top-notch Athletics Office.
3. The History of Success: We have molded our teams on the dogged determination of the players who have come through our program. We try to emulate them while constantly raising the bar to be the best team we can be.
4. The Coaches: The coaches we have are the best in the country. The coaches who ran the program while I was involved — including Dave Giarrusso and Greg Angilly — are two of the finest men I know, and those who preceded Dave and Greg were men of character and integrity.
5. The Players: The athletes who come through our program have expectations that set the standard for excellence. This has been passed down through the generations since the birth of the program in 1979.
6. The Pride: There is no institution that instills more pride in its student body than SI, and I know of no prouder group of athletes than those in the SI lacrosse program.
7. The Murph: Is there any better home field on God's green earth than J.B. Murphy Field? I have yet to find one.
8. The City: San Francisco is our community, and our community is San Francisco.
9. The Fans: The Bay Area has the best sports fans in the country. They pack our stands and follow us around the country.
10. AMDG: Playing for a higher purpose gives athletes a unique advantage, as they all have faith in the process and in the people.
JV Head Coach Dave Bowe '96 added the following: "SI lacrosse's success comes from our expectations to be good based on our hard work. We are privileged, and we honor that privilege by working hard, playing fair and competing. Some of our players are fortunate to possess God-given talent. We try never to squander that talent or feel entitled to something that we haven't worked for. That understanding makes good teams into great teams. That's what we try create every year, and that's why so many players return to us as coaches."
Coaches: Chris Packard, assisted by Michael Abou Jaoude, Ryan Carter and Julian Gunter; JV: Dave Bowe, assisted by Ethan Vedder and Peter Langkammerer.
JV Highlights: The JVs went 19–0 for another undefeated season.
Awards: League player of the year: Hall Peters; All league first team: Hall Peters, Bryn Evans, Mac Gates, Patrick Brosnan, Peter St. Gem, James Gilfillan; All league second team: Nick Clarke, Christopher Bligh, Hobby Lynch, Payton St. Geme; John M. Senyard Award (MVP): Bryn Evans and Hall Peters; Most Improved: Michael May.
Graduating Seniors: Patrick Brosnan (Bryant), Nick Clarke (Bucknell), Bryn Evans (Harvard), Hall Peters (U. of Virginia), Robert Reutiman, Finbarr Murphy, Matthew Dixon, Jonah Schieber, Thomas Finnegan, Oliver Taylor, Connor Reed, William Myers, Richard McDonough, Casey Merryman, Patrick Oven, Alexander Lynch and Charles Sinclair.