The Dunlap lacrosse club team has taken another first step by competing in its first tournament.


The Dunlap lacrosse club team has taken another first step by competing in its first tournament.

The team played four games from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Morton Icebreaker Tournament, losing two and winning one. The fourth game’s result was not available.

However, for the club team, it was not so much the win/loss record that was important, but the experience gained.

“My school started a club a few months ago,” center midfielder Brandon Lavery said.

Lavery had always wanted to try the game and said he loves it now.

Not everyone had always wanted to try it out.

Ben Boyer said he was never interested in it until his little brother wanted to go to a River City Clinic for lacrosse. His dad finally convinced him to go and Boyer said he liked it ever since.

Other players on the team were convinced by friends to check it out, like goalie Michael Gullette.

Gullette said he joined the team only about three-four weeks ago to be a goalie.

“It’s a blast,” he said. “It’s a lot different than anything I’ve ever done.”

Gullette also plays football and baseball, but joined after a friend said the team needed a goalie.

However, not everyone on the team is a first-year player.

Rowan Hanold said this is his second year playing after playing for Peoria Lighting last year.

“It’s a great sport,” Hanold said. “I encourage everyone to do it.”

He added that some players he played with last year on the Lightning team also joined Dunlap this year.

Besides giving the players experience, the tournament also produced memories for the players.

Boyer scored the game winner in the second game against Seckman, Mo., with only a few seconds left.

“I was yelling Theo’s (Chronis) name and I dove for the ball,” Boyer said. “I lost it but saw it in my net and whipped it in.”

It was Boyer’s first goal ever, a goal he said he will always remember.