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Tigers plan return trip to A-Class state tournament

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:03 a.m. CDT

WHEATON — The Wheaton Warrenville South boys lacrosse team returned to the field this spring a much less experienced version from the one that advanced to the semifinals in the IHSLA A-Class state tournament.

But that doesn’t mean expectations have been tempered.

Having already hung around with top-ranked teams Glenbrook North and St. Charles North this season, the squad could be on the cusp of another exciting playoff run.

“We are close,” said Wheaton Warrenville South coach Mike Blouin. “This is a young group but a very talented group. At the beginning of the year, I knew it would truly be a work in progress but that we had the potential to be a very good team.”

Everything seemingly clicked in Thursday’s 11-2 victory over Naperville North.

“A lot of things we’ve been working on came together that night,” the coach said. “I’m starting to see us click more as a team.

“I see a high ceiling. With us, we are working towards peaking at the right time. With the playoffs, everybody in A and everybody in B makes the playoffs. Really anything can happen from there.”

The Tigers are led by seniors Mitchell Wilhelm (goalie), Ryan McNeill (attack), Harrison Kerth (long-stick middie) and Adam Rogers (midfield) and juniors Dominic Dalmaso (attack) and Joseph Kazar (midfield).

The win over Naperville North improved the team’s record to 3-3 overall. That mark includes a 10-7 loss to Glenbrook North and a 7-6 setback to St. Charles North.

“Honestly, both games were winnable,” Blouin said. “We just made too many youthful mistakes. Our inexperience really showed.”

The plan over the next couple of weeks is to continue to show improvement.

“The talent is there, the skill level, the athleticism, everything,” Blouin said. “We’ve just got to play as a team and get more confident individually and with each other.”

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