Coach offers encouragement, optimism after inaugural season

Coach offers encouragement, optimism after inaugural season

The inaugural Friar lacrosse season saw the team earn three wins during a tough schedule in the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL).

Head coach Will Connery was asked to reflect on the historic campaign, offering many encouraging remarks for the program to build on.

"The boys played tough competition every week, and as the season went on they took some lumps but stayed together and fought hard as a team," Connery said. "The mantra for the team was 'Brothers On One Mission," and the Friars used the acronym BOOM to stay focused over the back half of the season."

Zion Hawkins (20 goals) and Hunter Morgan (242 saves) led the team statistically. Hawkins recorded a five-goal performance against the Fort Worth Panthers, while Morgan had an astounding 32 saves in contest against Trinity Valley.

"Hunter has set an incredibly high standard for goalie play at Bishop Lynch," Connery said. "He, along with the rest of the defense, played extremely well all spring allowing less than eight goals per game in the first season for the program."

Hawkins' shining moment came in a win at John Paul II, when he scored the winning goal with 12 seconds to play.

"Great players step up in those clutch moments and Zion asked for the ball at the end of the game and delivered," the coach said. "It was a great moment for him and the team. Anyone who watched the game knows it was a complete team effort to win that game. We had guys flying around on defense the whole fourth quarter. I can think of at least three huge ground balls that Daniel Waggoner picked up when we needed them most. I am extremely proud of the way the players finished that game."

The team will have three big holes to fill with the loss of seniors Daniel Packard (captain), Jackson Ramos and Michael Parsons. All three were leaders on the team, according to Coach Connery.

As for next season, the coach is anxious to build on the foundation set in place during this first season.

"My goal as a coach is to go '10 for 10,' meaning all 10 guys on the field to play for one another for 48 minutes every game. We had our moments this season and showed flashes of our potential, but there is a lot of work to be done and I'm excited to keep moving forward as a team, become more consistent and strengthen our culture," Connery said. "I'm so proud of the improvements our players made in such a short time together. More than half of our players were brand new to the sport and to pull out three victories says a lot about their toughness. I'm very thankful for all their effort and willingness to learn. They will always be remembered for being the first to ever do it at Bishop Lynch and they set the bar high for future teams." 

The Friars will have a team skills camp this summer and fall practices begin in October. For more information about, or to join the Friar lacrosse family, contact Will Connery by email at