Boys lacrosse team has a season to remember
BY JOSH LASHLEY
WEST MILFORD — It’s another year in the books for the West Milford High School boy’s lacrosse program and it’s safe to say that it will be one to remember for all of the right reasons. With an overall record of 11-7, the 2014 Highlanders set a new mark for wins in a season.
West Milford also advanced to the NJSIAA North Group II Sectional Tournament where they were defeated by Mahwah.
“Overall, we had a very good season, so many games stand out as impressive to me,” West Milford head coach Gary Stoll said. “The one I have most pride in was our game against county rival DePaul who was ranked top 50 in the state at the time. We battled them the entire game and in the end even though we lost a close one 8-6, I feel our team learned the most from this game. As a team we hustled in every area-groundballs, rides, clears, offensively and defensive-ly. I just have great pride in our team and we really showed our heart in that game.”
There was something very important that the Highlanders had in their favor this spring and that’s strong leadership from upperclassmen on the roster.
“As expected my seniors and captains (Kyle Butera, TJ Dionisio, Zach Haid and Dylan Walko) really stepped up this year leading both on and off the field, sometimes with their voice and sometimes with their actions but they certainly did not disappoint,” Stoll said. “As far as young players stepping up into leadership roles I feel my entire junior class (including Corey Curran, Charlie Cole, Jared Calise, Mark Hendry, Nick Dionisio, David Volpe, Robert Wolfe, Eric Rudden, Noah Provenzano and Matt Blake) filled this role at various times depending on the game and situation, overall any member of our team can step up and be a leader. Which is something as a coach I'm extremely proud of.”
There were of course many contributions put forth by the class of 2014 for the Highlanders and coach Stoll is already excited for the 2015 season.
“Several things give me great optimism for next season,” Stoll said. “The main one is our players pure love of the game, they worked hard last off-season getting involved in tournament teams, winter and summer leagues and attending several camps. That will again be the case this off-season as we continue to grow as a program. Once again we were a very young team this year so a lot of our players will be back next season.”
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