Creighton Prep ended its tenth year of varsity competition with several players across three teams – Varsity, Junior Varsity White (for more experienced younger players) and Junior Varsity Blue (for lesser experienced younger players).
“I’m extremely proud of how far the program has come in the past nine years,” Creighton Prep coach Steve Haney said. “We accomplished a lot in our tenth year and I can’t wait to see what we can do in during the 2014-2015 school year.”
The Creighton Prep varsity team finished the year with a 13-4 overall record and the state runner-up following an 11-2 loss to Millard West in the Nebraska High School Lacrosse Association (NE LAX) State Championship game. It was the Jr. Jays' eighth championship game appearance in ten years.
“Obviously it was a tough way to end the season,” Haney said. “The players worked extremely hard and despite the result of the last game, it was a great year for Jr. Jay lacrosse.”
Creighton Prep outscored its opponents 142-80 during the 2014 season and 18 different players scored at least one goal.
Senior attackman Billy Hoy led the team with 49 points (44 goals, five assists) and senior midfielder Christian Crane had 21 points (18 goals, three assists).
Hoy is planning on playing club lacrosse at Marquette University and Crane will be playing for University of Utah (MCLA DI). Additionally, senior defenseman Joe Burbach will be playing at Rockhurst University (NCAA DII).
“Joe, Christian and Billy were leaders and top producers for us,” Haney said. “We will miss them and all of our seniors. It’s always bittersweet to see seniors graduate."
Burbach, Crane and Hoy were named the co-recipients of the 2014 Brian Smith Award given annually to at least one senior player that exemplifies leadership on and off the field.
2014 Creighton Prep Lacrosse seniors (From L-R) Ryan Bergman, Colin Hill, Michael Matz, Christian Crane, Matt Buresh, RJ Milota, Jordan Schrad, Joe Burbach, Sean Dowd, Billy Hoy
“Although we graduated ten players, we are confident in our returning players,” Haney said. “We’re extremely excited to see what they can do.”
There are several talented underclassmen for the Jr. Jays returning next season who are expected to keep Creighton Prep's tradition of being one of the league's top teams. Among those underclassmen are sophomore attackman Mayson Marus who had 33 points (19 goals, 14 assists), sophomore midfielder Dante Dovali who had 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and junior midfielder Clark Carter had 10 points (eight goals, two assists). Junior attackman Wynn Root and sophomore midfielder Mitch Rhoades each had 15 points with both scoring eight goals and registering seven assists. Junior goaltender Matt Modica finished the season with a 12-3 record and an impressive .688 save percentage.
Senior defenseman Matt Buresh, junior long-stick midfielder Isaac Greene, Burbach, Carter, Crane, Hoy and Modica were selected as All-State. Dovali, Marus and Rhoades earned All-State Honorable Mention selections.
Top games for the 2014 season include an 8-4 victory over West Des Moines/Valley on Saturday, May 3 breaking a three-game losing streak to the Tigers. Creighton Prep also defeated Lincoln on Friday, May 9 in Lincoln, 7-5.
“Overall, we played very well and had a great season,” Haney said. “We will be looking to the leadership of our returning players to get us back to the state championship game and hopefully a better result.”
Both the JV White and JV Blue teams had very successful 2014 seasons with several players receiving quality playing time and experience.
JV White repeated with a second-straight undefeated season posting a 9-0 record and JV Blue went 7-1.
“It was great to see how well both of the junior varsity teams played this year,” Haney said. “But at the end of the day, the records don’t necessarily matter. Seeing how much players improved throughout the JV season was the best part.
“Several of the underclassmen who played JV during the 2013 season used that experience and were top contributors on varsity during the 2014 season. We’re hoping that growth continues with the younger players from this past season.”
With 14 freshmen from last year, the coaching staff hopes to see all players return to continue the development from last season.
"We have a lot of depth at the midfield position and we're hoping the experience gained playing junior varsity games will quickly translate to the next level," Haney said. "We are looking forward to having a very skilled team and, with 10 seniors graduating, there will be a lot of opportunities for underclassmen to earn a spot on varsity.
"I think I can speak on behalf of the coaching staff when I say we are extremely excited for the 2014-2015 season to begin."
Creighton Prep kicks off the 2014 Fall Ball Season on Wednesday, Sept. 3 with weekly practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fall practices are open to all players of all skill levels and will take place on the East Fields at Creighton Prep.
There will also be a Mandatory Player & Parent Fall Informational Meeting on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Criss Auditorium at Creighton Prep following practice that night.
For more information, please contact coach Steve Haney: