OWEN GONYA is one of three junior captains for the Kingswood boys' lacrosse team. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 13, 2015WOLFEBORO — Matt Tetreault is taking over the Kingswood boys' lacrosse team this spring and is looking to move the program forward with an eye toward a big jump next year.
This year will likely include some time adjusting to Division II, as the Knights make the jump from Division III to Division II this season. So, there are a number of new foes on the schedule and a relatively young group of Knights will look to make their presence known.
"We've been a mid-level Division III team," Tetreault said of the last few years. "With the jump to Division II, we expect to be about the same.
"I think we'll have one real solid team that we surprise and take down," Tetreault continued. "And we'll drop one to a team that's behind us.
"But we'll always be in contention with the rest of the league," he added.
And with a young team that includes only a few seniors, Tetreault said this year can serve as a stepping stone for next year, when he really expects good things.
"This is really a primer for next year," Tetreault said. "We should be able to make a run at the top five in Division II next year."
The Knights were able to get out on the turf of Alumni Field early last week to get things sorted out a bit after a few weeks in the gym.
"The kids have been stir crazy," Tetreault notes. "But we got a little work done, but it's been tough being in the gym for two weeks."
The Knights will be led by a trio of junior captains, all of whom played big roles last year and will be asked to step up this year as well.
Madison Tetreault and Owen Gonya both earned Division III All-State honors for their work last year and they will be back for their junior seasons and will serve as two of the team captains. They were two of the top goal scorers for the Knights last season.
Peter Marshall is the third junior captain and he will help anchor the defense for the Knights.
"They're a huge help to me as a first-year coach," Tetreault said of the captains. "They've made it a much easier transition."
Tetreault, who served under former head coach Bill Tappan the last couple of years, will be looking for a few other kids to make an impact on the field as well.
Senior goaltender Brian Ferguson returns between the pipes as the only senior with extensive varsity experience and will be key for the Knights this year as well. Junior Tegan Keating will provide backup for Ferguson in the Kingswood net.
Junior midfield Austin Chasse is a scrappy player who will provide plenty of speed and grit, while newcomer Alex McKenna will be the team's third attack in his junior season.
Tetreault has also been impressed with senior midfielder Dylan Heath. Heath took it upon himself to do tons of work in the offseason and returns to the field this year very much improved.
"He's coming back ready to go and he'll be a big faceoff guy for us," Tetreault said.
The Division II schedule includes two games each with Oyster River, Spaulding, Kennett and St. Thomas and one game each with Portsmouth, Merrimack Valley, Winnacunnet, Pembroke, John Stark and Goffstown.
The Knights were slated to open the season after deadline on Tuesday at Portsmouth. The Knights will be playing at Oyster River on Friday, April 17, at 4 p.m. and then will return home to host Merrimack Valley on Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.