Triumph on the turf

Hopkins-Park boys’ lacrosse dominates 17-3


Jana Faust

Junior Martin Gablenko defends the net Tuesday May 16. Hopkins-Park boys’ lacrosse beat the Mustangs 17-3.

Hopkins-Park boys’ lacrosse challenged Breck during their non-conference matchup and won with a score of 17-3. According to junior Martin Gablenko, the team was connected on the field, allowing them to gain the advantage during the game.

“The game went really well,” Gablenko said. “We destroyed them and were dominating on offense. I could tell we were hustling more than them.” 

According to head coach Jason Mestemacher, the game was an opportunity for the team to implement what they had been working on during practices.

“It was a good game to watch,” Mestemacher said. “The team had the chance to work on a lot of what they had been needing to work on.”

For junior Javier Schimming, he said the best part of the game was getting to see his teammates play together and succeed.

“Most of our team played well,” Schimming said. “We played as a team, and there were memorable saves and goals that made the game.”

According to Gablenko, the team was well-prepared for the intensity of the game and had spent time preparing. He said gaining more confidence is what contributed most to the final score.

“We have had a lot of games and have reviewed film, and that has gotten us dialed in and more comfortable with playing at a higher level,” Gablenko said.

For Mestemacher, the team owed their success to their effort in preparing for the game. He said their teamwork was fun to watch.

“We were more prepared offensively and defensively, and it was fun to see all of the assists,” Mestemacher said.

Hopkins-Park boy’s lacrosse takes on Providence Academy on May 20 at Hopkins High School.