The amount of OPRF coaches for this season’s boys lacrosse program doesn’t rival that of other spring sports, but it’s a step up from last year.

With the help of his parents who raised “a good chunk of change,” head varsity coach Dan Ganschow was able to promote, add and recruit coaches to a program that just last season was limited to one coach per team. Ganschow brought up Dana Heumann to the varsity so he would no longer be the lone coach trying to steer his team to the postseason. Ganschow bolstered the lower levels as well, adding former OPRF player Paddy O’Connell, who played Division I lacrosse at Butler University, to the junior varsity. Another former player, Doug Hill, will take over head freshman coaching duties, and receive help from Sam Gamboni and last year’s leading scorer Michael Gedvilas.

“We got seven coaches this year in the program, which is a far cry from the three total we had last year,” said Ganschow. “I’m confident now that we have the resources to teach these players better and to prepare them to play some of the best teams in the state.”

The Huskies have a lot to improve on, finishing last season with a disappointing 6-12 overall mark.

“It obviously wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be,” said Ganschow of last year’s woes. “We had a championship schedule but we did not play like a championship team.”

With the return of starters Matt Dixon (defenseman), Sam Bicak (goalie), Michael Slovak (midfielder), Jack Buckley (midfielder), Matt Dietz (attacker), and Matt Gebert (attacker), Ganschow hopes to turn things around this season.

Filling the offensive gaps that Gedvilas left-38 goals-is priority No. 1 right now for Ganschow, who is confident Buckley will step into the role effortlessly.

“We wanted to utilize Jeff’s speed and agility so we moved him to midfield this year,” said Ganschow. “He looked real good in our exhibition games, scoring six goals in two games so he’s fitting into the role nicely already.”

Others expected to make an impact this season include Eric Lindemann, Alex Dahmani, and sophomore newcomers Seth Molek and Jerry Considine.

“I’ve got 20 total players this season but I tell them nothing is set in stone,” said Ganschow. “I tell them there will be movement but right now we have 20 that I think will be competitive.”

The Huskies’ opener on Friday at Marian Catholic was postponed due to an unplayable field. The Huskies will host Loyola Academy March 31 for the season opener (1 p.m.).

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...