BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston boys lacrosse team finished the season with a victory over Edison,15-5, on Monday.
Coach Chet Parlavecchio came out to lead the Highlanders to set standards and teach fundamentals to build a new lacrosse program at Gov. Livingston. "We are going to be a fundamentally sound team. A team that throws and catches and gets ground ball after ground ball is a team that wins games," Parlavecchio said.
"Early in the year, fundamentals cost us games. A missed ground ball, dropped pass and turnovers here and there -- that is the difference in a couple wins. When you lose four overtime games, those possessions are a one goal game and those possessions definitely hurt us," said Parlavecchio.
Parlavecchio looks back to four critical losses--two losses to New Providence, DePaul and Scotch Plains--that made the team realize they are contenders to compete in the "upper echelon." "They competed hard in those games. From those days, they really took off. We improved in every game and proved that we belonged there," said Parlavecchio. "We were a legitimate state contender and lost in double overtime to a really good Manasquan team [11-10]."
"I think this is a phenomenal season -- great bounce back from last year from 4-13, now we made it to the States with an 8-8 record. It was a fantastic year and I look forward to the future of the program," said junior goalie Peter Krasny. "Our seniors have laid the foundations for the future, they set traditions that will be carried on throughout."
The seniors set a great standard for us of where we are going said Parlavecchio. "They brought respect to the program -- they are laying the groundwork and the underclassmen will reap the benefits of the groundwork they laid." It will be a continued process -- learn how to win and especially how to win in the playoffs said Parlavecchio.
In Monday's game against Edison, both teams started off slow trading possession with missed scoring opportunities. Parlavecchio told his team to wake up and get in the game. Freshman Jonathan Wong did just that -- firing a shot for the first goal of the game with 3:10 left in the first period. This fueled the Highlanders' momentum as senior Alex Lipnik connected with junior Jesse Giambra to score the second goal. Lipnik ended the quarter with a goal to give the Highlanders the 3-0 lead.
The Highlanders never looked back, scoring six goals in the second with a hat-trick by junior Brian Hutton and Lipnik, Giambra and sophomore Anthony Wong each scoring to lead Edison 9-1 at halftime.
The second half began with Emmanuel Kaneilos replacing Peter Kransy in goal for the Highlanders. Edison opened the half with back to back goals and would add two more in the game.
The Highlanders would add six more goals in the second half, on tallies by senior Tommy O'Sullivan, sophomore Matt Rothfeld, Anthony Wong, Jonathan Wong, Lipnik and Hutton.
"It was great to come off on a win. It was a great year," said Lipnik who led the team with 3 goals and 8 assists in the victory. "I think we changed things at this school for lacrosse. It's nice to know that we left something to come back to. We did things that this team had never done. We went to States -- we won County games. Good things are going to happen."
"I thought we did great as a team. We were very disciplined this year -- on offense we moved the ball a lot and on defense we moved our feet," said Hutton. "We got the job done this year. We are looking forward to next year with a lot of guys coming back and we'll use what we learned from the coach and be successful next year."