Boys’ lacrosse looks to improve from last season


Photo used with permission from Alana Barry

Cooper Heald cradles the ball during the March 25 lacrosse game against Olentangy High School.

Mason Desmond, Staff Writer

Last season, the boys’ lacrosse team finished 3-14. Their season ended with a loss to Medina High School in the first round of the playoffs.
The team looks to use last season as a building block and improve from there.
“I see the team doing very well this year,” team captain Cooper Heald said. “Last year was a very down year for us and I am certain that it will be better than that. With everyone buying in, I believe that we can compete in every game that we play in.”
The team is coached under Anthony Sanfillipo, who has coached since the 2019-2020 season.
“Coaching allows me to teach lessons outside the traditional classroom,” Sanfillipo said. “Of course, I love lacrosse and want our guys to have success on the field, but teaching them to be better people and have great mindsets is much more rewarding.”
Several players said they feel that this year they can depend on each other more than ever and maintain their success.
“In all of my years playing lacrosse, this is the closest-knit group that I’ve ever played with,” Heald said. “I think that this stems from all being friends outside of lacrosse, which tends to then translate pretty well to out on the field. Having great team chemistry and morale has definitely helped us in some of our games this year.”
Some of the lacrosse players are also committing to the next level. Heald has committed to play at Ohio Wesleyan University, and Devin Halliday has committed to play at Ohio Northern University.
“I am very excited about being able to play at the next level,” said Halliday, who is the team captain. “I feel like I have put a lot of work in throughout the years. I am also glad that the hard work has paid off and I will be able to show these skills that I have worked on at the next level.”
The lacrosse team currently stands 6-3 and will play Westerville South on April 18.
“I feel very good going into senior year,” Halliday said. “I feel like this could be our year to try and make a name again for Delaware Lacrosse.”