The Norwood High School boys lacrosse team, led by first year head coach and NHS Spanish teacher Daniel Reyes, opened up their season last week with two losses in their first two games. They lost to the Dedham Marauders and to the Weymouth Wildcats. The biggest loss for this young team, however, wasn't against Dedham last Tuesday or Weymouth last Thursday. Junior captain and their most valuable player, Jake Smelstor, was diagnosed with a hairline stress fracture in his back after going down with the injury in the first half of the Mustangs' season opener against Dedham.
Smelstor has been a starter for the varsity team since his freshman year. This injury marks the first time in his high school lacrosse career that he has sustained any sort of injury, and this one proves to be fatal for the Mustangs. He had 3 goals and an assist against Dedham in the first half before he left the game due to the injury. The Mustangs ended up losing the game 9-6. His absence was felt greatly on the offensive side