WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Caldwell boys lacrosse team will open its first regular-season action in 22 months when the Chiefs host West Essex in the opener Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The 2019 edition of the Chiefs had a 12-8 record, and 2020 was a season that held much promise at Caldwell before all high school sports were canceled last spring.

"We graduated a talented group of seniors that will be hard to replace," said John Timan, the only head coach Caldwell has ever had after he launched the program in 2003. "Half of my team has no high school experience, so it is hard to tell how they will do. I know they are working hard in the off season and will get better as the season goes on. It will be an interesting year, as I know most other teams are in the same position."

Caldwell could be very strong on the back line with seniors Tyler Nolan, Chris Fermo and Logan Flaherty. Nolan, who has committed to NJIT, had 26 groundballs as a sophomore in 2019, and Fermo had 27 ground balls and won 46 faceoffs.

Senior midfielder Dan Amores, who will play at Richard Stockton University, had 12 points as a sophomore. Senior Jeff LaQuaglia, a standout football player, picked up 27 groundballs two years ago. Seniors Kevin Boland and Brendan O’Donnell, the point guard on the Caldwell basketball team. round out the midfielders. 

On attack will be Peter Murray, a junior who has already committed to Marist. Murray racked up 17 points when he was just a freshman in 2019. Luke Kurzum, a freshman, will accompany Murray up front.

Junior Pasquale Capozzoli and freshman Landon Pini will be Caldwell's goalies.

The opening game against West Essex will be for more than just a victory on the field and in the standings. 

"The winner will take home the 'Pancake Cup,' a trophy named after The Original Pancake House in West Caldwell on Bloomfield Ave.," Timan said. "The owner donated the trophy, and we have raised money for a charity each year. I believe the series is tied 1-1. This year’s charity is the Jim Brown Scholarship Fund to honor our former principal who died of COVID last year."

For more information on the Jim Brown Scholarship Fund, see here.