The Woodward Academy boys lacrosse team had one of the better seasons in recent memory, finishing with a 14-4 season record, which included opening the season with seven consecutive wins.
In addition, the War Eagles captured the Area championship for the first time in school history. The boys advanced to the A-AAAAA State Playoffs, where the War Eagles defeated First Presbyterian in round one 19-2, before falling to Kell HS in the state quarterfinals, 12-8. Sophomore attackman Eric Malever was named first team All-State and a US Lacrosse All-American. In addition, junior attackman Graham Dixon and senior defenseman Cade Thomas were named third team All-State. With a large core of the team returning in 2018-19, the War Eagles should once again contend for a state championship next season.
2017-18 WA Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team
Andy Pons, Head Coach
Andy Pons is in his fourth year as Woodward Academy’s head boys lacrosse coach. Woodward Academy’s program has made the state playoffs every year since Coach Pons has taken over the program. Coach Pons has an extensive background in lacrosse being born and raised in Baltimore, MD. In addition, Andy serves as the Director of Lacrosse Operations for Thunder lacrosse, a premier club lacrosse program in the southeast. Thunder lacrosse currently has 36 teams with over 850 boys. Coach Pons graduated in 1998 with a degree in physical education from McDaniel College, where he was a three sport athlete playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. In high school Andy won the athlete of the year in 1988, was a three sport All Metro athlete and is a member of his High School Hall of Fame. Prior to taking Woodward Academy’s program, Andy spent two years as an assistant coach with the Boston Cannons working under Hall of Famer John Tucker. Coach Pons has spoken at numerous coach’s conventions and clinics around the country having recently presented at the US Lacrosse Georgia coaches clinic in January. Coach Pons has been married to his high school sweetheart Chrissy for twenty-seven years and has three children. His middle son, Mac, played lacrosse at the University of Maryland, where he and the Terps won the 2017 National Championship.