Westlake lacrosse team has another strong season
The Westlake Demons came off a big 2014 lacrosse season when new coach Brian Stepanek lead them to the Elite 8 game in state playoffs. To start the 2015 season with the loss of several key offensive players and some coaching staff, things may not have looked so promising. However, coach Stepanek lined up one of the toughest schedules, believing that his boys would again make it to the playoffs and he wanted them prepared when they got there.
The Demons dominated the SWC and had some key wins against teams like St. Ed's, Medina, Mentor and Hawken that took them to the playoffs. They finished the season at the Sweet 16 level with a 9-8 loss to Hawken.
The tough Demon defense was lead by senior captain Hunter Solecki. Solecki, who was recently named as an All-Ohio long stick middle, set two school records this season: most ground balls (132) and most caused turnovers (46). Working alongside Solecki, the Demons had veteran players Alex Barth and Alex Devorak making the Westlake defense one of the toughest around. Solecki and Devorak were both named as OHSLA All-Region D2 First Team players. To round out the defense we saw an outstanding varsity season by sophomore Trey Bialowas and rookie goalie Trevor Bielozer.
The Westlake offense was often making plays with the dynamic duo of senior captains Nate Greenberg and Chris Humer. Greenberg, who was also named as an All-Region player at attack, lead the Demons in goals with help from freshman standout Eric Bechtel.
The Demons had 15 seniors on the roster that gave the team depth and losing players like Dillon Schneider, Kevin McLaughlin, Jake Johanni, Mark Iceman and Collin Hughes will not feel good. However, with rookie players like Eric Bechtel, Trevor Bielozer and Steve Brewer and a strong JV team lead by coach Adam Sandor we can look for the Westlake boys to continue their success in the 2016 lax season!