It may not be a glamorous goal but the OPRF boys lacrosse team has something to shoot for this season. After struggling through a 3-15 overall record last season, the Huskies are simply looking to improve on the past. With nine players back, winning is the key to forgetting the rough 2009 campaign.

Back for the turnaround is a slew of skillful players. Mike Augustyn (defense), John Azuma (goalie), Rob Buckley (attack), Josh Levy (midfielder), Matt Mclean (attack), Eric Anderson (attack), Conor O’Leary (defense), Alex Reynes (midfielder) and Nick Schuler (midfielder) all return. Buckley, Levy, Mclean, Reynes and Schuler started last season.

Amongst the several newcomers to the varsity squad this season, head coach Dan Ganschow said he’s been extremely impressed with the play of sophomore midfielders Stephen Golz and Dan Javor.

“I think their athletic ability, speed and toughness are going to add a great dimension to both sides of the ball,” he said.

Lyons Township is again likely to be a formidable opponent in the West Suburban Conference. The Lions have won the conference title outright each year since 2004. Ganschow is cautious to make any lofty goals this season for his team.

“I want to take conference, just like every year, but the team needs more assessment and game action,” he said. The Huskies will likely battle Hinsdale Central for the runner-up spot.

This marks the final season before the IHSA officially takes over lacrosse as a sanctioned high school sport.

The Huskies travel to York on April 6. They host Hinsdale Central on April 9 at 5:30 p.m. The team will take on cross-town rival Fenwick twice this season. The first contest will take place on April 17 at 1 p.m. The second match-up will be held at Riis Park in Chicago on May 22 (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...