By Alicia Dziak

Last week, the Springville Times featured a story about SGI senior Dylan Noeller who plays lacrosse for the Eden Raiders as part of a sports merger between the two schools in boys lacrosse. In addition to Noeller, a Springville sophomore also plays for Eden’s JV team.

Trevor Maracle has been playing lacrosse since he was eight.  “I have played in Hamburg, Lancaster, and East Aurora,” he said of his experience. “I’ve always played in the summer, so the chance to play every day was amazing.”

Playing lacrosse for a team based in another town was different than playing on a team just made up of SGI students.  “The biggest challenge was getting acquainted with everyone,” Maracle noted. “It’s always difficult learning everyone’s name and face along with developing chemistry with them. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the guys were so welcoming and nice that it made the transition so much easier. Having to get a ride to and from practice and games everyday was a challenge, so I’m grateful that my father was just as excited as I was for this opportunity.” He added that, “Their hospitality has really improved my opinion of the town and people of Eden.”

Maracle is confident there is more interest among SGI students and that he can possibly help recruit other students to play for Eden next year. While the JV team finished out the season with a 5-10 record, Maracle said he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. “I improved so many aspects of my game throughout the season,” he said.