High School Team

Birth Years: 10/1/1999 to 8/31/2004

Required Equipment for Varsity: Helmet (sport-specific) in Solid White or Solid Grey, Standard Lacrosse Stick measuring 40-42 inches for attackmen and midfielders and 52-72 inches for defensemen, Arm Pads (or Arm Guards), Gloves, Shoulder Pads, Mouth Guard and Athletic Cup

Team Info:

As most of you have heard by now, we are excited to announce that the Hendersonville Hawks and Empire Lacrosse have combined forces to create a single varsity team for the 2019 season and beyond! With the formation of the first two public school lacrosse teams, Empire has decided that combining these two teams will create an incredibly strong varsity presence in Western North Carolina. Coach Whiting, from Hendersonville, will be leading the charge as head coach.

PRACTICES

Empire Varsity practices will be three (3) times a week; locations are as follows:

  • Monday, 4:30 – 6:30: Mills River Park
  • Wednesday & Friday, 4:30 – 6:30: Fletcher Park (Bob Moore Park)

All new players will be expected to become members of US Lacrosse and returning players will be expected to renew membership to US Lacrosse. Membership fees will not be included in spring registration.

2019 Schedule (updated: March 20th, 2019)

Saturday, 01/26, 12:00 – 1:30 pm – 1st conditioning session at ARC South

Sunday, 02/03, 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Conditioning session at ARC South

Sunday, 02/10, 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Conditioning session at ARC South

Thursday, 02/14, 5:00pm – 6:30 pm – Indoor practice @ ARC South

Week 1 Outside: Monday (2/18) @ Mills River Park, Wednesday (2/20) (Canceled for weather) and Friday (2/22) at ARC South.  4:30 – 6:00  

Saturday, 02/23: Pre-season Playday @ Gastonia, NC ( 3 scrimmages to be played between 1 – 5 pm)   CANCELED DUE TO FLOODED FIELDS

Monday, 02/25: v. TC Roberson High School @ TC Roberson 6:00 pm

*250 Overlook Rd., Asheville NC  $3 admission at the gate/ cash only

Friday, 03/08: v. Asheville High School @ Memorial Stadium 6:00 pm

*30 Buchanan Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Saturday, 03/16: v. Science Hill High School, TN,  1:30 pm, Field  #2

*Mills River Park  – 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759

Tuesday, 03/19: v. Asheville School Varsity @ Asheville School, 5:00 pm

*360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Saturday, 03/23: v. Fayetteville @ Fletcher Park, Fletcher, NC

1:00 pm Asheville High v. Fayetteville/ 3:15 pm Empire v. Fayetteville

Wednesday, 03/27: v. Asheville School JV @ Asheville School, 5:00 pm

Saturday, 03/30: v. Cox Mill @ Concord, NC, 12:00 pm

*11720 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078

Thursday, 04/04: v. Christ School JV @ Christ School, 5:00 pm

*500 Christ School Rd., Arden, NC 28704

Tuesday, 04/09: v. Kingsport Railcats  (TN) @ UNCA Asheville – Greenwood Soccer Field –  Canceled due to flooded fields

Saturday, 04/13 – 04/20  Spring Break – No Games

Tuesday, 04/23: v. Asheville School Varsity @ Mills River Park – 5:00 pm

Thursday, 04/25: v. Asheville High School @ Asheville High Stadium – 6:30 pm

419 McDowell St., Asheville, NC

Saturday, 04/27: v. Denver Spartans @ Denver, NC – 12:00 noon

7131 Highway 73; Denver, NC 28037 (Field off of the Walmart Parking Lot)

Monday, 4/06; v. Christ School JV @ Mills River Park – 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 05/11-05/12: NC STATE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

645 Mazeppa Park, Mooresville, NC 28815

Head Varsity Coach

CHAUNCEY WHITING

Eric Seager, Assistant Coach

Team Managers

Dyane DeLaVega,

Mike Okpych

2019 ROSTER

  • 94   Budhisetiawan, Aaron            DEFENSE
  • 26   Cochran, Wiley                         DEFENSE
  • 35   DeLaVega, Pete                        DEFENSE
  • 23   Douthit, Noah                           MID FIELD
  • 6     Gates, JoJo                                 ATTACK
  • 19   Gates, Nathan                            DEFENSE
  • 46   Gilbert, Dustin                          ATTACK
  • 3      Gilbert, Hayden                        ATTACK
  • 19    Gilbert, Seth                              GOALIE
  • 53    Gunn, Parker                            MID FIELD
  • 11     Gutierrez, Caleb                       MID FIELD
  • 54    Hale, Luke                                 ATTACK
  • 51    Hedgepath, Cole                       MID FIELD
  • 20    Jackson, Carter                        ATTACK
  • 22    Jones, Tyler                              DEFENSE
  • 00    Melendez, Gio                          MID FIELD
  • 00    Melendez, Aldo                        DEFENSE
  • 98    Okpych, Andrew                      GOALIE
  •  5     Rusnak, Michael                       MID FIELD
  • 66    Scott, Gregor                             MID FIELD
  • 18    Sweetenburg, Joshua               ATTACK
  • 10    Wise, Cole                                  DEFENSE