As the first Buncombe County school to field a lacrosse team, the T. C. Roberson Rams placed an impressive 3rd in their conference this spring. In addition to two wins over Watauga and splitting games with a veteran Hickory team, Roberson managed two victories over Asheville High School in the “Battle for the Stick.”

Both the first and last conference games of the season were against AHS and were played for possession of a beautiful handmade lacrosse stick. Their win in the final game put them at 5-5 for the season and cemented their 3rd place position.

Recognition for the Team

The success of a first year team is hardly assured, but under the tutelage of first year head coach Glenn Alford, as well as assistant coaches Kevin Keen, Rob Canan and Dakota Henson, the team made tremendous progress throughout the season. Three Roberson players received recognition for their accomplishments with midfielders Cullen Ciocian (So.), Robbie Gilliand (Jr.) and Henry Asbill (Sr.) being named to the All-Conference team. In addition, Head Coach Glenn Alford was named Conference Coach of the Year. Assistant Coach Kevin Keen was named Roberson’s Assistant Coach of the Year for his work in bringing lacrosse to Roberson.

Looking to build on their Success

While a number of the team members were experienced lacrosse players from Empire Lacrosse, the local youth league, many more were playing lacrosse for the first time. With the inaugural season under their belts, Roberson is looking to expand its programming for the 2019-2020 school year. This summer, Roberson will host a youth lacrosse camp July 22-25 from 9am -12pm for rising 6th to 9th graders. Cost is $60 and registration information can be obtained by emailing Coach Alford at phillip.alford@bcsemail.org.

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