Published DatePLYMOUTH — Now in its sixth season as a program, and its fifth with head coach Glenn Mausolf, the Plymouth High School boys' lacrosse team is establishing itself as one of the top teams in Division III. Last year, the team put together a 14-2 season, which ended in a semi-final loss to Hollis-Brookline, a team which went on to win the state championship.
This season, Plymouth appears capable of matching that success. With a record of 12 wins, one loss, including a 10-5 victory over Gilford on Monday, Mausolf's team is tied with Hollis-Brookline in the standings and trails only undefeated Hopkinton and Derryfield. Mausolf, though, isn't one to dream of post-season grandeur. Instead, he said he's focusing on one basic, constant goal for his team.
"We would just like to play the best lacrosse that is in us," he said.
"Last year, and this year, we have a strong defense, led by our goalie Dylan McIntosh," said Mausolf. McIntosh, a junior, was on last year's semi-finalist team, as were his leading corps of defensemen, seniors Woody Hedberg, Ryan Farina, Kyle Hodges, and junior Ian McKinnon.
Partly because of Mausolf's approach to the game, and party because of his players' natural strengths, Plymouth this season is a defense-first team. "The focus is trying to limit the other team's opportunities," he said, saying that he's "fortunate" to have players that are talented defenders – a trait that carries through to his midfielders, he noted.
Offensively, Plymouth spreads its scoring duties across much of its roster. "We have a pretty balanced scoring sheet," said Mausolf, with at least seven double-digit scorers on the team. "You want to be more than a one-trick pony," he said.
The success of Plymouth's lacrosse team has more than a peripheral connection to the school's storied football team. Chuck Lenahan, Plymouth football coach, won his 19th championship last year and next month will be inducted into the National Federation of High Schools National High School Hall of Fame. Mausolf was Lenahan's assistant coach for several years and acknowledged parallels between the two programs.
"We share some similar athletes," said Mausolf, who said he brings the same approach to lacrosse that Lenahan applies to football. "Every day, try to improve and be the be the best team possible, as well as see that these young men can be the best people they can be." It's a simple goal but one that has brought Lenahan great returns – his career boasts 13 undefeated seasons and a winning streak that spanned six years.
With that in mind, it's not surprising for Mausolf, when asked if he aspires to bring his team to its second-ever semi-final, or even its first final appearance, to respond with another verse from the same song. "Our focus is just being the best that we can be, not to set any level of lofty expectations, simply to play the best that we can, improve each of these young men as much as possible."