Quaker Valley athlete of the week: David Kraus
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 4:00 PM
School: Quaker Valley
Sport: Boys lacrosse
Claim to fame: Quaker Valley’s boys lacrosse team is undefeated against Class AA competition this season, which means expectations will be high heading into the playoffs.
David Kraus, an Allegheny College commit, has been the captain of the Quakers and led the team to its three most recent wins with 11 goals and nine assists while scoring his 200th point.
What did it mean to you to surpass 200 points?
It means a lot to me. My parents got the ball and wrote 200 on it, and they’re putting it in a case. It’s something to look back on. I like scoring goals, but assists are just the same or even better. Maybe I’ll get to 250 with a long playoff run. My family is proud, but I’d be way happier if we got a championship this year.
Quaker Valley is averaging more than 12 goals per game. How is this team able to generate so much offense?
I think Coach Hansen has initiated a lot of plays that work well from an open set. We get the ball moving. Everyone gets a touch, and we run plays and set picks for each other and attack from the ‘X’ (position). Our pace seems to throw off the defense a little bit, and we see the field well. We have a lot of great finishers and lacrosse IQ.
You’ve been a scoring leader for this team. Who do you feel sets you up with the best passes?
I’d say our attack line has great chemistry. We lost Evan Frund for the past few games, but we also have Brennan Dugan. Whether he can find me or I can find him, it’s not a one-way street. Dylan Roebuck has been really helpful. He sits on the crease, and we rotate, and we work together.
What’s your go-to move in the open field to create a scoring opportunity?
I like to dodge from the “X,” probably to the left, then roll back and to finish like that. They call it five-to-five. I try to get five yards to the left and five yards up to have an angle on my shot. I usually act like I’m going right before I curl back left.
You’ve been a part of teams that have come close to winning WPIAL championships. What does this team have to do in the playoffs to reach that goal?
I think we have to stay focused. We all have the same goal to get every ground ball, work on offense and be smart. Our coach says it again and again that we have to have grit, and I think hard work beats talent. It comes down to grit and how bad do you want to win? I think we’ll give it our best shot.
What will you miss the most about this team?
I’ll miss bonding with everyone. We’re all unique in our own way. I’ll miss showing up for practice, it’s hot and everyone is beaten down, but we’re all here trying to get better. I’ll miss our coaches and just being at the field. I’ll miss our bus rides after winning away games and singing “Country Roads.” That’ll be a good memory to keep.