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Young Spartans strive for development in 2013
by Greg Oshust
March 05, 2013 02:33 PM | 1401 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special / David King<br>North Springs’ Eric Fancher drives past a defender during the Spartans’ game with Cambridge Feb. 21.
Special / David King
North Springs’ Eric Fancher drives past a defender during the Spartans’ game with Cambridge Feb. 21.
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Rebuilding will be the name of the game for the North Springs boys’ lacrosse team as it gets the 2013 season under way.

Playing with a roster that features 12 freshmen and six sophomores will be the biggest challenge for second-year coach Paul Brown.

“We like to finish in the top half of the area,” Brown said. “But, we’re a very, very young team, almost a JV team playing a varsity schedule.”

The Spartans have shown their youth and inexperience in the beginning of the season, with two losses in their first three games.

After a 20-1 loss to state powerhouse Northview in its season opener Feb. 19, North Springs bounced back with a 7-4 victory over Cambridge Feb. 21 before losing to Fellowship Christian, 15-6, last Tuesday.

“We start a lot of freshmen and sophomores,” Brown said. “We have to play a lot of underclassmen and they don’t have much lacrosse experience. They have to play right away and learn quickly, so that’s kind of tough.”

However, Brown said his team’s youth is as much a strength — at least in the long term — as it is a weakness.

“We’re developing young men into good, credible players and that will help us for the future,” Brown said. “Most teams in Georgia have a feeder program and we have ours and that gives us a chance to develop players for the future.”

Senior attacker/midfielder Eric Fancher gives the young Spartans a strong veteran presence and leadership as co-captain as well as a potent offensive game.

Senior close defender Callum Lever and junior goalie Alex Taylor also provide veteran leadership as the other team captains, while sophomore attacker Steven King and freshman close defender Emil Muly are the key younger players for the Spartans.

North Springs plays in Area 3A-AAAA, which includes Blessed Trinity, Greater Atlanta Christian, Wesleyan, Fellowship Christian, Forsyth Central, Cambridge, Riverside Military, Buford and Gainesville.
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