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Athletes of the Week: University Sets Example for Boys Lacrosse in West Virginia

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The growth of lacrosse may take some time. But the University Hawks aren't waiting for anyone. The boys from Morgantown are already at the top of their game.

"We appreciate being at the top, but it's really a community effort here, from the administration and the athletic director and the principal, to our fans and the student body and our parents. We've got a great group of guys who work hard to do that and it's good to see their hard work pay off," University Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Julian Dymacek said.

The Hawks are in the midst of four straight undefeated seasons, to go with a pair of State Championships. University shares that powerhouse title with Morgantown High - another perennial frontrunner. University players say the success did not arrive over night.

"We're two of the oldest teams in this state," Hawks junior Mack Fall said, referring to University and Morgantown High. "It's a lot of responsibility, but I feel like our team carries it well and we can inspire a lot of teams to be made out of this state."

"It's a frustrating game," University junior Grant Thompson said. "It's not easy. It's going to take a while to be good at. It's really not easy. But just stay focused and work everyday, honestly, because it's not going to come out of nowhere. You're not just going to come and be good at lacrosse. You really have to work for it."

The University lacrosse team is not a funded program, which means players have to purchase their own equipment. Nobody said it would be easy starting a program from scratch, but the Hawks have found the winning formula -- a formula that includes a consistent middle school program, along with players who work.

"We talk a lot about getting better every day. That's something they do a good job of. They want to go out, and they spend the off season working hard. They want to play lacrosse. They want to be around lacrosse. They want to watch lacrosse. They want to get better sticks, and all of those things. So they try to get better everyday," Dymacek said.

"We work really hard out here," Thompson insisted. "We've had a lot of young players grow up to be really good players. We hope to do that the next couple of years, and that's what we're doing right now."