PaulBurke – Sports Editor
Hooch Athletics has always been a name associated with success, but this past fall was more or less a “rebuilding period” for the young football program that had a less than successful season. This spring, however, things are different.
There is no rebuilding period this year for the Hooch Lacrosse program. Coach Kevin McCue, in his second season as head coach, has led the team to its best start since 2003 with six wins and zero losses. Hooch already has two region wins, against West and North Forsyth teams, which sets the stage for a playoff-bound season, and after last seasons’ 7-11 record, Hooch Lacrosse is out for vengeance.
With only 2 starting seniors graduating and the entire defensive unit returning, the team has not significantly changed. But with the 2016 seniors stepping into leadership roles, the team has taken a new directive: one that is team oriented. The senior class is one of the strongest the lacrosse program has seen in the past 4 years, with 7 out of the 10 starters being seniors. Seniors include Mason Hebert [SR] the current leading goal scorer who is on pace to break the single season goal record (averaging around four goals a game). Along with Hebert on offense , Michael Wall [SR], Jackson Bryan [SR], and Troy Campbell [SR], hold down the defensive side of the field, have allowed less than five total goals to be scored by their attackmen in the 6-0 start.
With Hooch holding the number one spot in the state of Georgia, there is a sign of good things to come in the future. Especially after a season absent of a playoff bid last year, the lacrosse team looks to bounce back in the biggest of ways, eyeing the state championship and a deep playoff run. With the senior class playing together year after year since 6th and 7th grade and the days of JR Cougar ball, anything is possible. They are a team with chemistry and a desire to win like no other. Keep an eye on the lacrosse team; they could just be the success Hooch has been looking for this year.