Waring School boys lacrosse coach Tim Griener will find himself in a strange position next spring. For four years now, he hasn’t had to worry about where his team’s goals would come from, but that will all change next year.
Senior Ted Lyman has led Waring in scoring for the last four years and will likely grab his third Independent League Most Valuable Player Award soon.
So what’s made Lyman so dangerous for the Beverly private school?
“He is equally capable of going lefty or righty and is incredibly shifty,” Griener said. “He can get players off balance and dodge. He comes right at you and throw three or four fakes, reacts to you and goes whatever way he has an opening. He can beat one or two slides. He has incredibly quick footwork, is fearless and is willing to take the hit to score the goal.”
To summarize, Lyman is a complete scorer.
The Beverly native had 14 goals and 10 assists as a freshman and increased that total to 29 goals and 28 assists as a sophomore. Last year, he produced 36 goals and 18 assists, and this year he saved his best for last. Lyman recorded career-highs in both goals (45) and assists (29) for a total of 74 points.
For his career, Lyman finished with 209 points (124 goals, 85 assists).
Lyman is headed to Bowdoin College next year, but he’s unsure if he’ll continue playing lacrosse.
Griener believes he has the skill to continue playing and he knows he has the motor.
“He’s tireless; he could be on any cross country team. He made a play (last week) sprinting across the field he dove to keep the ball in bounds, then he picks it up, drives and scores. It was pretty typical for him,” Griener said.
“He’s also a captain this year and a terrific leader. He has really high expectations for himself and the team. No matter how poor or great the team is that we’re playing, it doesn’t matter. All that matters to him is that everyone tries really hard. He’s really an outstanding kid.”