North-Harrison boys lacrosse young and with potential

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published April 9, 2013

 North-Harrison’s Ryan Moran, left, tries to get past teammate Branden Tilley in a recent practice.

North-Harrison’s Ryan Moran, left, tries to get past teammate Branden Tilley in a recent practice.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

Though the wins haven’t shown themselves yet, North-Harrison boys lacrosse coach Bryan Lamble is seeing some characteristics of his team that he likes.

“I’m very happy with our refusal to quit. Being down late in the games, our guys have not given up. They continue to push forward and play until the final whistle,” Lamble said of the Flyers, which is a combination of North Farmington and Farmington Hills Harrison athletes.

“It speaks to their character. I’m really happy with the group of guys I have this year — guys that want the best for themselves and their teams and are willing to put it out there.”

The Flyers were 0-3 at press time and compete in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. After graduating 18 last season, the squad is plenty young.

“We kind of got thrown right into it, and the kids are starting to realize the difference in the pace between varsity and JV,” Lamble said. “The passes are quicker; the players are faster; they hit harder; the shots are faster; it’s quite a bit different. We do what we can in practice to simulate game speed, but there’s really nothing to prepare you for the speed of varsity.”

Lamble added that the biggest obstacles have been turnovers and lack of communication on defense.

“We’re losing track of guys defensively that are getting wide up because we’re not communicating with each other,” he said.

Lamble wants to play an aggressive style of defense with a hybrid of man-to-man coverage and zone. The Flyers look to bait their opponents into turnovers and then capitalize on the other end of the field.

Offensively, Lamble likes a methodical approach — using chunks of time on the clock, precision passing and working the ball in closer to the net.

“Once we start passing the ball better, a lot more things will open up for us, offensively,” he said.

Lamble believes this season will have its ups and downs, but there is potential to make a run.

“Whether it’s every shift, every quarter, every game, you have to be better than the time before. Look at what you didn’t do well and improve on it,” he said. “If we do that, I can see us making a late push into the playoffs. I have a very talented group of kids. If they can get the experience and play with confidence, the sky is the limit.”