The Oak Park Eagles boys lacrosse program, ranked No. 6 in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA preseason coaches poll, recently announced four senior captains who will lead them into the 2018 season.
From left to right above, attack/middie Adam Julius, midfielder Bryce Hardy, midfielder Matt Robertson and LSM/D Casey Hoops will lead the Eagles.
Julius is a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain who has scored 78 goals and delivered 41 assists in his career (119 points).
4 year starter, 2 time captain. Coach Tarik Ergin called the 5-foot-8, 150-pound Julius a “dynamic dodger, hard worker, tough rider. Plays bigger than his body.” Last year he split time between midfield and attack and scored 47 points (30g, 17a).
A four-year varsity contributor, Hardy has scored 69 career points (45g, 24a). More significantly, he has recorded 150 ground balls in three seasons, including 61 last year and 70 as a sophomore. Ergin calls him an “athletic, physical, ‘old school’ two-way middie.” Hardy also was the starting tailback on the Eagles football team.
A third-year varsity player, Robertson has appeared in every game in each of the last two seasons. Not counted on to be a scorer (1g, 3a in two seasons), Robertson does most of his work on the defensive end. Last year, he collected 32 ground balls, second on the team among short-stick midfielders.
In his third year on the Eagles’ varsity after transferring from Viewpoint, Hoops is a two-time captain. A versatile defender who plays both close defense and LSM, he even played goalie for a few games early last season to fill a team need. Ergin said this year he expects Hoops to spend some time in the midfield and on extra-man offense.