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DANIEL MYERS IS A GUY WHO LIKES TO HAVE FUN. HOWEVER, WHEN THE LIGHTS TURN ON, THE SOCCER BALL DROPS AT MIDFIELD AND THE CLOCK STARTS TICKING, THE FIRST-YEAR KING'S RIDGE BOYS SOCCER COACH WANTS INTENSITY.
"One thing that I really wanted to build upon is having an intense atmosphere when practicing and playing," Myers said. "I like having a good time, don't get me wrong, but early on in the season, we have to play hard. We have to get into that desire to win."
The Tigers have put together a solid 2021 season.
Ask Myers about his team and he has a list of names and reasons why they have such a solid squad.
Christian Stoner, who plays center-back and is committed to Harding University, is a "great leader", and Hudson Zawodzinski holds down the midfield.
A majority of their scoring has come from Davis Bryan, who is just a junior, while Jace Hite is an explosive forward with speed to burn. Then there is Evan Danyo.
Danyo is a senior attacking midfielder, who Myers would like all of his guys to mirror.
"He works so hard even though he's the smallest guy on the team, he wins the most balls in the air," Myers said. "If everyone played with his intensity, I think we would win state easily."
In year one of leading the program, Myers' pair of top goals for his group included making it to state and hosting a home playoff match, which has never been done.
But what does he want these guys to learn the most from playing for him?
"One thing in terms of teaching is the idea of if you want to do something special you have to work hard," Myers said. "Nothing comes for free. If you want everlasting memories, you have to take advantage of it."
WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY.
The King's Ridge boys lacrosse team has become a state power in a matter of two short varsity seasons – and last year was cut short due to COVID.
How does that happen?
"Well, people are only seeing the tip of the iceberg," coach Jamie Davidson said. "There has been so much hard work put into this. So much at the middle school level too. We have two seniors and most of our juniors were starting as freshmen. Our middle schoolers are now sophomores and freshmen and they are loaded.
"What I really like is that it's a community effort. It's not about one person or coach, it's about the kids, the parents, and the families who support this program."
It doesn't hurt that King's Ridge has one of the best coaches in the business.
Davidson grew up playing in Syracuse, New York, before starring at Army. He has a tremendous lacrosse background.
"I'd say we have exceeded expectations so far," he said. "We've surprised a lot of people and we are establishing ourselves as one of the upper echelon teams in the state. We aren't No. 1 yet, but we are knocking on the door."
King's Ridge was ranked as high as third in the State of Georgia this season out of 50 programs. The Tigers went 11-5 and 6-1 in area to secure the No. 2 seed for the playoffs.
The squad is led by Robbie Walker, James Davidson (Jamie's son) and Reece Defillippis on offense, and Dean Giacobbe, Jack Deady, and Brant Satterly (goalie) on defense.
"Lacrosse has a lot of similarities to basketball, with the physicality of football and hockey," he said. "It's entertaining to watch. I love when parents come up to me and say they don't really know the sport, but they know they just watched a really good game. It's intense.
"It's a very skilled sport and you have to dedicate the time with stick skills, but there is a real coolness factor to the sport."
What makes it even cooler? When you are really good.
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