Pope John Paul II’s lacrosse team won’t win a Pioneer Athletic Conference championship this spring. After all, it’s the first-ever season for the Golden Panthers.

However, between tightly played league games and strong efforts against non-league foes, it is clearly evident that John Paul II is more than able to hold their own against more-seasoned programs.

“We have done a good job of correcting our mistakes,” said enthusiastic coach Brian Kilpatrick. “It takes time for everyone to play together like other teams have been doing for a long time.”

After beginning the season with two losses, the Golden Panthers’ first-ever victory occurred on April 4, a 6-3 win over Phoenixville. But their best performance came Monday afternoon. In a 16-7 win over Conwell-Egan, senior standout Nick Pollick tallied seven goals and seven different teammates found mesh as well.

Kilpatrick is banking on victories like that being more common than they are surprising.

“We just have to keep getting better,” he said.

John Knebels can be reached at jknebs@aol.com.