<b>Coach: </b>Nate Dewey, third season (17-16)
<b>2007 Record: </b>11-6
<b>Key Losses:</b> A Max Efrus, M John Reines, M Jake Oster, G Scott Sampson, D Jeff Horan
<b>Key Players:</b> A A.J. Cybulski, SR; A Kevin Hayden, SR; M Brendan Ginley, SR; D Griffin Cummins, SR; A Mike Hayden, JR; M William Cybulski, SO.
<b>Quotable:</b> “We aren’t flashy. We aren’t going to tear the nets down, but you kind of blink and we have done our job.” – Madison head coach Nate Dewey.
<b>Outlook: </b>Gaining team chemistry is a big goal for teams at the outset of a season. For the Madison boys lacrosse team, gaining that chemistry is something that comes easy. The Warhawks will field two sibling combos this year – returning senior first-team all-region attach A.J. Cybulski will be joined by his brother, sophomore midfielder William, while senior attack Kevin Hayden is joined by his brother, junior attack Mike Hayden.
“With the two brother combos that we’ve got, I would say [that their chemistry is a big strength],” said head coach Nate Dewey. “I would bet that all four make the all-district team.”
The Cybulski and Hayden brothers will be a huge part of the Warhawks’ strong offensive attack, which brings back 77 goals from last season. A.J., who is courting offers from the Naval Academy, Hartford and Vermont, bring 125 career points into his senior season.
“We are a pretty cohesive unit. We just have good chemistry together,” said A.J., who is excited to take the field with his younger brother. “We know where we will be on the field. We’ve played in the backyard for a long time. We are able to understand each other on the field.”
Dewey has resolved to test his squad early, scheduling out-of-district contests against region heavyweights Westfield, Yorktown and Oakton as well as Maryland AAA state champ Glenelg. Dewey hopes that the Warhawks’ tough schedule will prepare them for the Liberty District’s top teams – Langley and Woodson.
“We really just pushed it to the kids this year that there weren’t going to be any days off,” said Dewey.