Varsity Paladin Boys Squad Looks to Build on Historic 2019 Season in 2020; Season Begins Feb. 18
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team set the bar pretty high in 2019.
The Paladins finished with a school-record 16-4 record and reached the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class A-5A Championships in its first trip to the state tournament. Oh, and by the way, the squad also captured the 1A Region Championships.
Veteran coach Lou Corsetti now serves as FCS' Director of Boys Lacrosse.
"I am not a big wins and losses coach, but we expect to win the Region again and play on the last possible day of the season [in the state finals]," Corsetti said. "We have the opportunity to go very far this season, win the Region and get the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. I am very excited to be a part of this program."
This year's Paladins captains are seniors Drew Fiscus and Michael Pineyro, and junior Josh McLaughlin.
"We have good leaders on this team," said Corsetti, who is a member of the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2011).
"It's been fine," Corsetti said of his transition to his new team. "Getting to know the kids has been great. We're starting to jell in practices. We have a couple of very good players back. We're pretty solid at the talent level, but we will be a younger team. But I feel talent wise our top 12-13 kids allow us to play with anybody in the state."
The Paladins kick off the season on Feb. 18 against 6A Northview High School at Bob Lord Field. The JV match begins at 5 p.m. followed by varsity at 6:55 p.m.
Corsetti enters his 45th year as a player or coach who has performed many roles as an ambassador for the sport of lacrosse at both the local and national level. Coach Corsetti has been part of U.S. Lacrosse since it was established as the "The National Governing Body" for lacrosse. He has served in various roles within the organization whose mission is to provide national leadership, structure, and resources to fuel the sport's growth and enrich the experience of participants.
"I am thrilled to join the Fellowship family," Corsetti said. "I love to coach and be around young people. I really enjoy mentoring and helping guide them in their daily journey with Christ."
During his career, Corsetti has coached in both New York and Georgia at the youth, club, and high school level. Since coming to Georgia, he has helped develop and grow lacrosse programs at Pace Academy, Marist School and Riverwood High School.
Corsetti's teams have a distinctive style of practices.
"We play fast in practice," he said. "We coach quick passes and plays that lead to transition lacrosse. We are always looking for 2-on-1s. We work on scenarios and have some set plays, but I really like our team to free flow. We have the talent and the speed to do that."