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First-year head coach Nick Lewis hired to shape Mustang program


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Last year, as a freshman, Ben Takata (’20) led the Mustangs’ first-year varsity program with 25 points. With only two seniors on last year’s team, the Mustangs are looking forward to better results under first-year head coach Nick Lewis.

Jeff Fleischman, Adviser

Team: Boy’s Lacrosse

Head Coach: (Nick Lewis, First Season)

Last Season: 1-14 overall, 0-6 in league play (first year of varsity play)

Returning Players to Watch: Ben Takata (’20), Jared Escobar (’18), John Spurlock (’20), Jonas Escobar (’18)

The Skinny: Last season, the Mustangs struggled in their transition to playing varsity lacrosse for the first time in school history. In the offseason, head coach Nick Lewis came over from Prairie View (Brighton, CO) to assume the same role for the Mustangs. Lewis has had great success in starting programs as he took Prairie View from its inception to the team’s first winning season while also earning the Ken Ranta Sportsmanship Award. This year, the Ralston Valley program is showing exceptional growth as the Mustangs will field three teams for the season. RV got off to a rough start in their opener against Cheyenne Mountain, but will certainly look to improve upon last season’s results. Leading the way for RV are sophomores Ben Takata (’20) and John Spurlock (’20) had really good freshmen seasons last year. With a year under their belts, and a new coach on hand, the Mustangs should be much improved in 2018.

2018 Schedule:

March 9: Cheyenne Mountain 14, RV 5

March 14: vs. Dakota Ridge (@Trailblazer Stadium)

March 16: vs. Air Academy (@Trailblazer Stadium)

March 19: vs. Denver South (@NAAC)

March 21: vs. Chatfield (@NAAC)

April 4: vs. Golden (@NAAC)

April 7: vs. Pine Creek (@Pine Creek HS)

April 9: vs. Conifer (@Trailblazer Stadium)

April 11: vs. Rocky Mountain (@NAAC)

April 13: vs. Prairie View (@Prairie View HS)

April 16: vs. Lakewood (@Trailblazer Stadium)

April 18: vs. Monarch (@Monarch HS)

April 23: vs. Boulder (@NAAC)

April 25: vs. Fairview (@Fairview HS)

April 30: vs. Wheat Ridge (@NAAC)