Golden Eagles News · The future is bright for Guerin Catholic Lacrosse Program


“It’s hard to not look to the future. There are so many good young men that will develop into great players. It all starts in the off season. I can’t wait for the future of this program.”

 The future is bright for GCHS Lacrosse.” – Coach Barry

During our Open House – Thank you to all the families that stopped by.

Photos from recent Middle school Boys Clinic (The future of GCHS Lacrosse)

It was a great season for our GC Boys! Earning the 5th seed in the state is the highest GCHS has ever been seeded in the post season.

Coach Barry’s message to Team 18:

“There are no words to describe how I feel right now about these young men, these great coaches, the parents, and our entire program. I guess I can try…

I am so full of pride, love, and excitement for this program. Team 18 did everything that was asked of them today. They didn’t quit, even in the final minutes. The future is bright at Guerin Catholic Boys Lacrosse.

My heart hurts that I will never get to coach these seniors ever again. ‘18 class helped to create the identity of this program. So much of what the program is, is due to them.

It’s hard to not look to the future. There are so many good young men that will develop into great players. It all starts in the off season. I can’t wait for the future of this program.”

Here is the progress of GCHS Boys Lacrosse since 2005:

2018 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Erich Wiitala
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Jake Labus

IHSLA Awards

  • All-State Midfield
    • John Blanchford (Honorable Mention)
  • All-State Defense:
    • Erich Wiitala (First team) – Indiana Player of the year, All American
  • All-State Defensive Midfield
    • Thomas Kaser (First team)
  • All American – Academic
    • Jack Labus – Academic All American 

All Academic

  • John Blanchford ’18
  • Walter Brown ‘18
  • Connor Hanson ‘18
  • Joe Heck ‘19
  • Jacob Labus ‘18
  • Erich Wiitala ‘18

Academic All State

  • John Blanchford ‘18,
  • Walter Brown ‘18,
  • Connor Hanson ‘18,
  • Jake Labus ‘18

Circle City Conference Recognition

  • John Raney 
  • Erich Wiitala 
  • Joe Heck

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ranked 5th in State entering IHSLA Championship (Out of 62 Teams) – Highest seed for GC Lax Program.
  • First time in program history to have two players recognized as All American.
  • First time in program history to have a player recognized as Indiana Player of the year.
  • Second time to host IHSLA First Round State Event.
  • Second time to make it to IHSLA Quarterfinals — losing to 2018 State Runner-up.
  • First time in program history to have a player as School Valedictorian.

Team Record (11-8) – Coach: Charlie Barry

2017 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– TBA
St. Theodore Guerin Award– TBA

IHSLA Awards

US Lacrosse Coach of the Year – 2017 – Charlie Barry

  • All-State Attack:
    • Blaine Wilson (2nd team)
  • All-State Midfield
    • John Blanchford (Honorable Mention)
  • All-State Defense:
    • Erich Wiitala (First team) – Will also participate in the All Star Game
    • Hugh Ross (Honorable Mention)
  • All-State Defensive Midfield
    • Thomas Kaser (First team)
  • Academic All-State:
    • Joe Zimper
    • Hugh Ross
    • Max Gorsage
    • Sam McDaniel
    • Kenneth Villacorta
    • Matt Mewborn
    • Blaine Wilson
    • John Blanchard
    • Jake Labus
    • Thomas Kaser

Circle City Conference Recognition

  • John Blanchford (All Conference)- Junior captain midfielder scored 35 goals, added 8 assists and picked up 60 ground balls on the season.
  • John Raney (All Conference)- Junior goalie had 151 saves on the season with a save percentage of 55.72%.
  • Erich Wiitala (All Conference)- Junior captain defenseman scored 12 goals, added 4 assists, and picked up 123 ground balls on the season.
  • Blaine Wilson (All Conference)- Senior attack had 59 goals and added 37 assists on the season.
  • Hugh Ross (All-State Honorable Mention)- Picked up 48 groundballs on the season.

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ended season with best record in GCHS Lax history – 13 wins / 8 loss
  • First time to host IHSLA First Round State Event
  • First time to make it to IHSLA Quarterfinals — losing to 2017 State Champions
  • Ranked # 7 in State entering IHSLA Championship (Out of 62 Teams)
  • US Lacrosse Coach of the Year – 2017 – Charlie Barry – a First for GCHS Lax program
  • Best start in GCHS Lax program — 5 wins prior to its first loss.
  • Most number of players to qualify for Academic All-State – Qty 10 Players
  • Highest GPA for GCHS Lax program
  • New turf field installed  – Blessing and Grand Opening of the field.
  • New Coach – New Field – Team 17

Team Record (13-8) – Coach: Charlie Barry

2016 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Erich Wiitala
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Hugh Ross

IHSLA Awards

  • All-State Defense:
    • Hugh Ross (Honorable Mention)
  • Academic All-State:
    • Zack Kehlor
    • Jake Dial
    • Andrew Davis
  • All Academic
    • Hugh Ross, Jr
    • Samuel McDaniel
    • Kenneth Villacorta
    • Matthew Mewborn
    • Samuel Welsh
    • Blaine Wilson

American Family Athlete of the Week

  • John Blanchford

John Blanchford of the boys lacrosse team at Guerin Catholic has also gotten off to a fast start leading his team in face off wins, and scoring 6 goals in the first three games, all against the 4th most difficult schedule in the state, congrats, John!

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ranked # 10 in State entering IHSLA Championship
  • 100 Holes of Golf – Top Team Solicitor.

Team Record (8-7) – Coach: Dan Soper

2015 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Blaine Wilson
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Hugh Ross

IHSLA Awards

  • Indiana Academic All-American
    • Dan Dicks
  • Academic All-State:
    • Dan Dicks
    • Michael Dutcher
  • All Academic
    • Jake Dial
    • Zach Kehlor

100 Holes of Golf – Top Team Solicitor.

Team Record (10-7) – Coach: Dan Soper

2014 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Michael Dutcher
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Will Poston

  • Academic All-State:
    • Will Poston
  • All Academic
    • Dan Dicks
    • Michael Dutcher

Team Record (5-12) – Coach: Keith Armitage

TEAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Largest Freshman class to join GCHS Lax – 18 players

2013 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Trenton Armitage
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Patrick Iafrato

Team Record (11-12) – Coach: Keith Armitage

2012 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Trenton Armitage
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Mick Pence

Team Record (13-9) – Coach: Keith Armitage

2011 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Mitch Renfro
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Bob Iafrato

Team Record (8-10) – Coach: Keith Armitage

2010 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Ian Weber
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Nick Lesch

Team Record (10-10) – Coach: Bill Butler

2009 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Niel Weber
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Nick Lesch

Team Record (6-11) – Coach: Kevin Levinburg

2008 Awards

Golden Eagle Award– Trevor Lunsford
St. Theodore Guerin Award– Trevor Lunsford

Team Record (6-9) – Coach: Chad Taylor (as of 2017 – Varsity Head Coach of Fishers HS)

2007

Team Record (1-9) – Coach: Chad Taylor

2006

Team Record (0-2) – Coach: Chad Taylor

2005

Coach: Jordy Almgren