Written by SportsDayDFW.com
St. Mark’s hopes to add another SPC lacrosse title
School has emerged as dominant power over last decade
The first time Hayward Lee walked into the St. Mark’s gymnasium as a newly minted lacrosse coach in 2003, he quickly noticed the banners.
They hang on one long wall, navy blue tapestries embroidered with golden digits that signify the years of championships.
Golf, basketball, fencing — every sport had a few golden entries. All of them except for lacrosse.
“It hurts to look up at a blank banner,” Lee said. “It was kind of an eyesore for the kids.”
The banner is now filled, and lacrosse is considered one of St. Mark’s most successful sports. The team plays for another Southwest Preparatory Conference title this weekend, aiming for its seventh in the last eight seasons.
St. Mark’s has just one loss this season and has defeated top teams such as Jesuit and Episcopal School of Dallas. There are no stars. Just a young defense and an experienced midfield and offense, all of whom have grown up in a time when St. Mark’s has earned its reputation as one of the top lacrosse teams.
Senior goalie Lincoln Neely’s older brother was on that first team to win the title. Neely and others such as junior Will Perkins and seniors Cole Marlow and Gil Cassagne noticed the success. They used to carry their lacrosse sticks around school and play in the quad.
That love for the game has grown as they’ve gotten older. Lacrosse, for many on the team, is a featured sport. Several players went to camps at Rutgers and the University of Denver last summer.
The dedication was fueled by the desire to keep St. Mark’s among the top lacrosse teams, to maintain the tradition that began several years ago. They’re aware that this weekend provides another opportunity to add to that tradition.
“We know it comes with hard work,” Cassagne said, “and we don’t take it for granted at all.”
Games at Austin St. Andrew’s
St. Mark’s vs. Houston St. John’s, 5 p.m.
ESD vs. Houston Kinkaid, 5 p.m.
Consolation, 11 a.m.
Championship, 1 p.m.