Marky Billson profiles the Gateway boys lacrosse team.
"The Gateway lacrosse team is entering a new era in 2015.
This "new era" is not the result of a coaching or venue change. Rather, it stems from the graduation of 20 seniors who played for the club team for the first five years of their existence and the creation of a middle school program in the school district.
"We've always had that challenge of getting players developed in high school whereas other schools had feeder systems," said coach John Washington, the only head coach Gateway lacrosse has had during its five years of existence. "Now we have kids who understand the game and can catch and throw. This will put us a lot further along than we have in the past."
The program started in 2010 on the curiosity of Washington's son Jack, who is now attempting to play for the club team at Edinboro University. He saw some old lacrosse equipment in the family basement, collected by his father when he attended the Virginia Military Institute in the 1980s on a football scholarship, where John was the traveling roommate of future Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mark Stock."