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October 26, 2023

Lacrosse prepares for home district opener against Jesuit

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Ava Johnson
Coppell sophomore Ian Nichols makes a save against Lovejoy on Feb. 29. The Coppell boys lacrosse team hosts McKinney at 10:00 a.m. at Lesley Field in the Class A Super Regionals.

Tonight the Coppell boys lacrosse team (1-4 overall, 0-1 in Class A District) hosts Dallas Jesuit (3-2) at Lesley Field at 7:30 p.m.

Returning from spring break, Coppell coach Matt Mueller is reconditioning the team to maximize its strengths during the game.

“We have prepared this week and the kids are getting their cardio back up to where it was before spring break,” Mueller said. “We are working on doing a few different things defensively, hopefully keeping them off balance and keeping them guessing, taking away their strengths. Offensively, we’ve got some things that we will try that are new for us and something Jesuit hasn’t seen on film yet.”

The Cowboys emphasize consistency to avoid mistakes. 

“When we play consistent four quarters, we have the opportunity to beat anybody,” Mueller said. “We have a very tough schedule, I would argue that we play the toughest division in the state at the Class A level, so if you are not playing consistently and making mistakes, the teams we play against will make us pay for our mistakes.”

The Cowboys game plan includes keeping up with Jesuit junior midfield Caleb Caldwell. 

“They have a very good faceoff player,” Mueller said. “We will try a couple of different things to throw him off his rhythm.”

Mueller hopes the team maintains confidence to advance to playoffs.

“Jesuit, historically, is a powerhouse program,” Mueller said. “We don’t want our players to play with any fear and not be afraid of the name of the jersey. We want to play the game, not the name, and just go out mentally and physically, be good teammates and win or lose. We’re going to learn from it and be prepared once we get to the playoffs.”

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Sahasra Chakilam
Sahasra Chakilam, News Editor

Sahasra is a junior and the news editor of The Sidekick with an unwavering passion for reporting and writing. She’s a hardworking student at Coppell High School by day and an active media enthusiast by night. She loves to be outside, walking along scenic trails teeming with a multitude of wildlife. Otherwise, she’s biking through the roads of her neighborhood, enjoying the bountiful winds in Texas with her fellow friends. 

If not outdoors, she pursues her love of all media, ranging from TV shows to movies to music. She enjoys unwinding with her favorite humorous sitcoms like New Girl or Community or some of her favorite iconic movies, like Mamma Mia and La La Land. At other times, she prefers to broaden her horizons by exploring new movies and sharing her thoughts on them through reviews. You can also often find her at many indie and pop concerts, fully immersing herself in the atmosphere. She has a broad and diverse range of music she loves to listen to, ranging from Lana Del Rey to Tyler the Creator, but she is a big Swiftie at heart.

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Ava Johnson
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Ava is a senior and the sports assignment editor for The Sidekick. If she’s not working on a piece, you can find her reading, spending time with loved ones, or listening to music. You can contact her at [email protected], or through Instagram at (@heylolitsava).

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