Beacon boys’ lax team completes unbeaten season

Earns most wins in program’s history
May 24, 2023

The Beacon Middle School boys’ lacrosse team capped an unbeaten season May 11 with a 13-0 win over Mariner at Cape Henlopen High School’s Legends Stadium.

It was Beacon’s best season (10-0-1) since a perfect season in 2018 (7-0), and it marked the most wins the program has ever posted.

Beacon’s defense and goalie anchored this team. The squad included eighth-grade goalie Patrick Little, and defensive long poles Cello Orsini, Drew Mongeluzo and Elijah Ghabour, all eighth-graders. Tate Mauro, an eighth-grade long stick middle and defensive MVP, came out of his shell this season under Beacon’s new coaching staff. Seventh-grade defenders Jax Holgerson and Levi Stevenson also filled in when needed. 

Beacon’s midfield was led by seventh-grader and MVP Max Wyshock, who led the team in goals. Max was a leader all over the field and stepped up to fill any role the team needed during the season. Beacon’s success started at the face-off dot with Marshall Keys, who played the final game with a broken hand. Eighth-grader Jayden Johnson, only a second-year player, filled in nicely when Marshall injured his hand playing against Sussex Academy. Team captain Reece Kuklish and Cooper Forcucci, both eighth-graders, had fantastic seasons and were leaders on and off the field. Eighth-graders Anthony Tattoli and Hudson Senard and seventh-grader Grady Trivits rounded out a strong midfield. 

Beacon’s offense and attack was led by Offensive MVP and eighth-grader Liam Crotty, who was a calm among the storm of lacrosse. The offense went through Liam the entire season, and he shined. Jacob Blondin, an eighth-grade attackman in his first year of playing lacrosse, scored probably the biggest goal of the season in overtime against Smyrna during the second game of the season. Seventh-grade attackman Pierce Conway led the team in shots and was a force all year. 

Beacon ended the year with a celebration right after the Mariner game, and it was a night the players, parents and coaches will never forget. The eighth-graders gave their moms white roses as a thank-you. The eighth-grade parents presented their boys with undefeated season T-shirts. The parents gave coaches thank-you cards and gift cards. The Cape Henlopen High School Boosters provided a pizza party.


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