Austin McCain drives an hour each way, every day to get to Peninsula High School lacrosse practice. Since his hometown school, Shelton High School, doesn’t have a team, he landed on the Seahawks’ roster.
McCain, a senior, has acclimated well to the new surroundings and the new team, playing attacker for Peninsula.
"It’s going well," McCain said. "It’s fun to get back on the field. I just enjoy meeting the guys and getting to know a different area — I’ve never been out this way."
Scoring goals is a different feeling for McCain. Since he was 6 years old, he’s been playing hockey. He’s currently plays goalie on the Tacoma Rockets, a junior club hockey team.
"I originally lived in Kennewick, and grew up watching (hockey)," McCain said.
Scoring goals, however, is a nice change of pace, he said.
"It’s a lot better shooting a ball than getting shot on," McCain said with a laugh.
Tracy Lyon, the second-year coach of the Peninsula lacrosse team, has been pleased with this year’s team, which has posted a 4-3 overall record to this point in the Division-II group of the South Puget Sound League. Lacrosse is not a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association-sanctioned sport.
"The team is incredible, the way they’ve gelled," Lyon said. "It’s almost the exact same team as last year but there’s a lot more team work and camaraderie."
Peninsula only had a varsity team last year, causing quite a few people to not get a lot of playing time. This year, the team has split into varsity and JV squads, giving the inexperienced younger players valuable experience on JV.
"Half the JV team has never touched a stick before," Lyon said. "There was a focus to get everyone playing time this year."
Lyon said his players play unselfishly.
"They want to enjoy their time here, but they’re focused," he said. "Each of the teammates are helping each other to be a better team. It’s not about them, it’s about the player next to them."
The primary goal is to qualify for playoffs, Lyon said. To do that, Peninsula will need to finish in the top three places of its six-team league, which includes Auburn Riverside, Sumner, Bethel, Bonney Lake and White River.
"We’re on a good track to do that," Lyon said.
Other notable returners for the Seahawks are sophomore midfielder Dawson Meerdink, sophomore midfielder Cameron Lewis and senior defender Zak Dobosh.