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Junior Zach Ludd (left) and Griffin Harris
have forged an uncommon bond on the field.
to me," Harris said of his former coach.
"He honed in so clearly on the fundamentals. I can't even put into words what he
did for me personally but also the program as a whole."
"Coach Bidstrup really took me under
his wing when I was a freshman," Ludd
added. "I was pretty nervous coming
into the program, but he taught me a lot
about the game, taught me how to see
Both players, however, now are looking forward to playing for Winslow
(class of 2010).
"He's a different kind of coach, for
sure," Ludd said. "He's younger. He's
very laid-back, and we're having a lot of
fun as a team so far. I really like him a
Being laid-back, of course, must be
easier when you're leading a squad as
talented as this roster at Governor's.
"Our team on offense, we're all returners, we all know what we want to do out
there," Ludd said. "We have scorers everywhere; we have threats all over the
field and great backup on defense."
The Red Dogs last won an ISL championship in 2015 when they shared the
crown with Belmont Hill. Last season,
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Governor's finished second in the league
behind Belmont Hill with a 14-2 record.
This season, the differentiating factor
might just be the duo of Ludd and Harris, who have developed an off-the-charts
chemistry on the field.
"Zach is one of the best passers I've
ever played with," Harris said. "He looks
off almost every pass that he throws and
he sends the defense on a trip. Sometimes, even our players on offense aren't
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expecting those passes because he's just
playing on another level."
"We work really well together," Ludd
said. "He's a lefty, and I'm a righty. He's
more of a scorer, I'd say. After four years
together, we have really good chemistry.
We know where the other is going to be."
Even from the sidelines, the chemistry is obvious to all who are watching the
"I think they're both very smart players, and they trust each other to either
feed or finish," said Harris's father, Joe.
"That kind of intuitive connection just
happens sometimes between a couple
players, but it's very special when it
He added: "They'll throw that pass
that they wouldn't otherwise throw to
anyone else. They do a lot of look-away
passes. One of them will be coming
through the back door and a goal will appear out of nowhere. Those plays seem
to happen most especially during those
clutch times in the fourth quarter."
Ludd's father, David, echoed those
"People on the sidelines are always
asking, 'How did they see that? How
did they know that play was available
to them?' They just do," he said. "They
know it will be there. Other kids won't
even know that it's coming but Griff
knows that it's coming."
The two players and Division 1 commits share a bond on the field, but they
grew up in very different circumstances.
Regarding his son's evolution as a
player, David Ludd said: "We adopted
him from Cambodia when he was a baby.
I don't have a background in the sport
and lacrosse isn't something we ever
forced on him. It just shook out that way.
He's been incredible to watch. I can't
take any credit for the success that he's
had other than supporting him in any
way that I can."
The situation in the Harris family is
different. Joe Harris was an All-State
player in Greenwich, Conn., who went on
to play under then-assistant coach Dom
Starsia at Providence College. His connection with Starsia eventually paved
the way for his son Griffin to be recruited
by the University of Virginia.
Ludd, however, is committed to Ohio
State upon graduating in 2018. As such,
this spring represents the last season
that these two special players will be
able to roam the field together, befuddling defenders with those no-look passes and shared vision of the field.
Both players intend to make the most
of the opportunity.
"I think we should be in high contention for another ISL championship this
season," Ludd said. "A lot of our players
this year were on that 2015 team so we
know what it takes to compete at that
"Winning an ISL championship is the
main goal," Harris said. "The personal
accolades can come after, but winning
as a team comes first."
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