Spring PGs by Rex Riefler

For this spring athletic season, The Taft School has been blessed with six talents. While other PG’s are also playing varsity spring sports, these six committed themselves to this season specifically.

Carson Greene: A baseball player from San Diego, CA, Carson is simply a machine. A prodigy since birth, he always played with the older boys and as a result, often found himself as the smallest kid on the team. Given this constant disadvantage, he quickly learned that he had to work harder than everyone else on the team to succeed. Soon enough, he was on a travel team and eventually he played third base on the National Championship winning team in his junior summer. After this, Carson quickly found the perfect fit and committed to powerhouse, Stanford University. When asked about the baseball season, Carson remarked, “we have the talent and the coaches to make the season one to remember!”

Lucy Gretsky: Lucy is a lacrosse lifer from Westfield, New Jersey. Not only does she love lacrosse, but her whole family also thrives in the sport. Her mom played at Gettysburg, both her sisters played at Wesleyan and her brother committed to Lafayette. In fact, Lucy will play at Wesleyan University next year just like her sisters and she will even get to play for a year with one of them. One of the reasons Lucy came to Taft is because of Ms Pistel. Coach Williams (now the Wesleyan coach) coached Ms Pistel at Colby, so when Coach Williams suggested Taft to Lucy, it seemed like a great opportunity. Lucy loves how the Taft team has bonded despite having only been together for a few weeks.

Pat Kavanagh: Pat, a stud attackman from Chaminade High School in NY, has lacrosse in his blood. His older brother, Matt was a four time All-American and one of the best athletes in Notre Dame history. Meanwhile, his younger brother, in the words of Pat, “is probably going to be the best of the three of them.” Pat will follow in his brothers footsteps at the University of Notre Dame next year, but don’t be mistaken, Pat paved his own way. During his lowerclassmen years at Chaminade, his team went 31-0 and he only lost six games in his entire four years there. His best moment came when he scored the game winner in the league championship game against rival St Anthony’s as time expired. Having been a key cog on a nationally ranked team for four years, Pat brings a winning attitude to the Taft lax program.

Owen Roegge: Owen is a lacrosse PG from Bethesda, Maryland. He started playing lax in third grade because his mom made him. Surprisingly, he hated it. However, in 7th grade, Owen decided to try lacrosse again. Despite being a motivated soccer player, Owen began to foul far too much and realized that his days on the soccer pitch were numbered. With a late start, Owen has used his physical tools and athleticism to catch up to the pack. Owen had always wanted to play on a better lacrosse team, but he also never wanted to leave his friends back home. The answer to this dilemma: a PG year at Taft. As Owen says, “the best thing about Taft lax is shower time with Seamus O’Hora.” Mr Roegge will play for the Men’s lacrosse team at Williams College next year.

Hunter Watts: Hunter is a lacrosse player from Longmont, Colorado. His dad, a former collegiate lacrosse player, got him into the sport in third grade. One of Hunter’s best lax moments was getting the offer from Tufts while he was on the ocean fishing! You know that boy almost dropped his phone. Of course, the phone call was from Taft legend, Casey D’Annolfo, who taught English and coached lacrosse at Taft, but now holds the position of head coach at Tufts University. Coach D’Annolfo guided Watts to his old stomping ground for a PG year, and we are fortunate to have him.

Tate Young: The final boys lacrosse PG is Tate, a midfielder from Austin, Texas. Tate grew up playing soccer and football in addition to lacrosse, but in middle school he decided to focus his time on lacrosse. By his freshman fall, he committed to UPenn, but then during his senior year he ultimately picked Notre Dame just like Pat. The coaches at Notre Dame wanted him to take a year at a boarding school like most of their players and Tate chose Taft over both Deerfield and Andover like any smart man. When prompted to talk about his team, he said, “I’ve never been a part of such a tight-knit group of kids on and off the field.”

Taft will miss these fine student athletes, but not to be mistaken, these folks will also miss Taft. The PG program is one which we are fond of at The Taft School.