Senior tri-captain Zach Morgan doesn't mince words when it comes to the lacrosse team's goals for this season.
"We want to make it to the State finals and win it," said the leader of a stout and veteran defensive unit. "We have a lot of returning talent and we want to go all the way this year."
The Rockets return a ton of talent from a team that had a taste of the State Tournament last spring leave them yearning for more this season and hoping to hang a third State Championship banner in the school's gym, along with the 1973 and 2003 teams.
"We have currently eight seniors on board that would probably love nothing more than to get out and bring home a State Championship," said coach David Wainwright "We have small steps to take to that bigger goal."
Among those steps are last year's defending Bay State Conference Carey Division title and they would like to take the entire league outright en route to a state crown.
"That's the ultimate goal, but it's one of many goals. First we have to win our league and we would like to actually win the Bay State League outright," said Wainwright. "We have some obstacles in our way that we definitely know."
Among those obstacles are traditional Herget division powers Wellesley and Walpole, as well as an up and coming Weymouth team in their own Carey division.
The Rockets face an equally daunting non-league schedule with the likes of Hingham, Situate, Xaverian Brothers and Bishop Guertin of New Hampshire.
"Our non-league games are going to be a very big focal point for us for our seeding process at the end of the year," said Wainwright. "Bishop Guertin is a team we have yet to beat in our program's history and they have been the number one seed out of their state every year we've played them."
Despite having to replace two-time All-American Cam Bumpus on the Rockets attack, Wainwright expects his offense to be in good hands as junior tri-captain Will Stenberg continues to rewrite the school's scoring record book.
"My hope is that he will not only repeat, but improve on his performance from last year, which is really kind of a tall order since he was highest scorer in league last year. He's a marked man," said Wainwright, who also expects to see great numbers from second-year starter, sophomore Mark Riley, whose older brother currently holds the school's all-time scoring record.
"Without Cam this year it's going to be hard, so everyone needs to step up, especially me," said Stenberg, who led the league in scoring last season as a sophomore after setting the school's freshman scoring record in his first year on the team. "I need to put up the same numbers as last year."
Senior tri-captain and midfielder Ted Van Sickle sees the team's strength in their small numbers due to the versatility and conditioning of the club.
"We don't have as much depth as we have (had) in years before, but we are all in good shape," said Van Sickle. "We do a lot of running in the off-season and we have kids that can play offense and defense. I think that's going to help us in the long run."
Whatever the end result, the coach has one main focus.
"The thing I'm most concerned about with these guys," said the veteran leader, "is that they take something from the game that they are able to use in their everyday lives from here on out."