Andrew Tackas: Star goalie, and a star student

Declan Vargas, contributer

Star junior goalie Andrew Tackas is the backstop of the DeMatha Stags Prep hockey team.

Tackas was awarded first team honors in both the WCAC and the MAPHL. He posted an impressive 9 shutouts with a .931 save percentage and only 1.24 GAA. However he was not always an elite goalie.

“I started playing hockey when I was 10 years old, I was a defenseman and I was bad, I then had a shot to play goalie and I was always interested in it so I went for it.”

Only one year into playing goalie, Tackas joined his first club team, the Bowie Bruins. “I played with a bunch of the guys that I play with now at DeMatha like Casey Chesnick, Erick Reiniger and Ryan Salb.”

When Tackas was in 9th grade, he then joined elite AAA club team Team Maryland as well as playing on V2 for DeMatha.

Tackas now plays and is the starter for both the Stags Prep team and his club hockey team, Team Maryland.

When asked about how he balances both teams, Tackas said, “The balancing is a struggle. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into trying to balance both. But in the end, raising a trophy with my brothers makes it all worth it.”

With all of his current success, it becomes inevitable that Tackas would have aspirations for his career. “I have had a few discussions with some division 1 schools. I hope that I can eventually play at that level. I would like to continue my development to college and see where it leads me from there.”

Tackas still remains focused for next season however, “I want to complete my senior year and to continue to develop as a high level goalie