The Dream Team
By Griffin Cipriani
As of the last few years, Novato High’s girls lacrosse has ruled the field. However, as recently as 2013, the boys lacrosse team dominated the league with a record of 21-5. Led by varsity coach Marty Jayne, the group of boys had what they called a “legendary” season.
Coming off of an MCAL championship and a second place finish in D-1 NCS, the Hornets were fired up for the upcoming season. Despite having a new coach, they were as determined to win as ever.
As a result of intense preseason practice, the Hornets came out of the gates with a 3-game win streak. This was cut short by back-to-back losses to De La Salle and Monte Vista of Danville. On April 4, they began their longest win streak of 7, largely led by goalie Cole Aikens. The Hornets overtime win against powerhouse Redwood High was a huge victory for the program.
Relationships between the coaches and players have always been critical to having a successful team. Coaches and players alike have preached that playing alone is not only doing a disservice to you but your team as well.
“Freshman year lacrosse was the best team I have been on,” said NHS graduate Matt Jackson, now a freshman at Nevada-Reno. “The chemistry between the players and coaches was also impeccable. I remember before the second round of NCS playoffs it was hot, so coach Jayne said no practice today, and we just went to the pool and swam and hung out.”
Jayne mentioned that his players were committed on all fronts and that schoolwork always came first. Only a small fraction of the players struggled to maintain high grade point averages, and most players had exceptionally high GPA’s ranging from a 3.6 to a 4.5.
“From a very young age, these guys decided what they want to do and they worked really hard at it on and off the field,” said Jayne.
Although Jayne was not liked by all for his strict and straightforward ways, he was highly respected for guiding such a competitive and skilled team.
“He was a wizard,” former Hornet and current Grand Canyon University freshman Nick Aguilar said of Jayne.
“It was overall a great team and a very fun team to be a part of,” Jackson exclaimed.
Will this be the year that Novato boys lacrosse rises up again? Only time will tell, but the chemistry needs to be there, as it was in the past.