Varsity boys’ lacrosse loses opener to Archbishop Mitty

Kat Farrell and Saanvi Garg

In a disheartening start to the season, Palo Alto High School’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team lost to Archbishop Mitty, 4-16, on Saturday night. 

The game was the Vikings’ first since their season was cut short in 2020, and it didn’t go well from the start, with Palo Alto giving up 10 points in the first half, and only scoring two.

“I think we definitely started off a little sloppy, we came out with a lot of energy but we weren’t really able to translate to success on the field,” senior goalkeeper Mihir Gupta said. 

After halftime, Paly started to gain momentum, bringing the score to 3-11. 

“During the second half we really worked on our communication, worked on the fundamentals, and definitely picked up,” Gupta said. “We played a lot better.”

The Vikings persisted, scoring a final goal with a little over a minute left of the fourth quarter, but it was too late to impact the final outcome. 

According to sophomore Beau Revenaugh who plays the position of attacker, communication seemed to be the main factor in the defeat. 

“I think we played disconnected,” Revenaugh said. “We practiced a lot but we got into the game and we were not communicating and people were yelling at each other.” 

Revenaugh said the team struggled significantly with the mental aspect.

 “At the start I was feeling really loose, I felt confident,” Revenaugh said. “But we made some bad mistakes and as soon as they started scoring [we] kind of let the game go to our heads.”

The Vikings felt disappointed, according to Paly junior Tomer Horovtiz who scored a point in his position as an attacker. However, they acknowledged that the loss wasn’t mainly caused by athletic ability. 

“I feel like we can definitely get better as a team, cause it’s a lot of the teamwork stuff we have to work on, not really the skill stuff.”

The Vikings will take on Valley Christian High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday in San Jose.