Season Preview: High expectations for PSD Boys Lacrosse Team


Adyn Cover

Stars celebrating a goal in their preseason scrimmage against Erie

Mac Busteed, Staff Writer

“We want to win state,” says senior Adyn Cover. 

The expectations are high this season for the Poudre School District Stars boys lacrosse team after a final four appearance last season. 

“I think that that’s a realistic thing that could happen with the roster that we have,” states Cover. 

The Stars are bringing back 6 starters, including their entire offense and two of their three midfielders. 

Cover says “I think we’re really well rounded but our biggest strong point is probably our offense.” 

Rightfully so, as the Stars bring back their five leading goal scorers from last season, including Seniors from Fossil Ridge High School Luke Chastain and Paden Chastain who combined for a staggering 69 goals and 42 assists last year. Alongside the Chastian twins, Cover and another senior from Fossil Zach Serell tacked on 22 goals a piece. Plus sophomore superstar Colton Pawlak who had 36 goals this past season. Needless to say the Stars offense will be one of the best in the state, and it is going to be very difficult to stop with so many options.  

Their defense will be a little different than their offense, losing all three of their starters. However they do return senior Grant Grieves who played a significant amount of time last season and senior Tanner Isom is making the move from midfield to defense for this year.

“I’m still getting used to it a little bit, but I feel good about it. And if it’s what the team needs, then I’m happy to do it,” says Isom about moving positions. 

While it remains to be seen how the defensive unit will fare this year, it will be headed by one of best goalies in the state Hunter Jesse. The junior from Poudre High school will be one the biggest assets for the Stars. He is coming off a season where he was second in the state in save percentage saving 69.8 percent of shots with a total of 173 saves. Definitely someone the Stars can rely on throughout the season and into the playoffs.

Defender Grant Grieves and goalie Hunter Jesse in a scrimmage versus Erie

The Stars have a tough schedule ahead of them this season including known powerhouses like Valor Christian and Cherry Creek. However, it’s something the team is looking forward to. 

“So there’s a lot of competition this year, but it’s all exciting. Like week one, we play Valor. So that’ll be fun. You get a good test right out the gates.” says Isom. 

The team is also looking to win back to back conference titles after going undefeated in conference last year. The sixth ranked Stars will open up their season March 11th against fifth ranked Valor Christian.