SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta High School boys lacrosse team beat South Brunswick on Saturday, 11-6. Skyler Francisco, Erik Lanyi, Tyler Mead and John Puszcz each had two goals. Zack Eberding, Lucas Faria and Owen Mead each contributed one.
Owen Mead helped with two assists with Eberding, Francisco, Mead and Puszcz also earning an assist. Sparta goalie Reagan Penner had 14 saves on the game.
John Puszcz got the team going early with some forward face-off wins that led to quick goals.
"When other teams start to get some momentum, he's the guy we look to to make a big play and get some life back into our team," said Sparta coach Tyler Meth. "I thought our attack did a great job of capitalizing in transition. The Mead brothers provided us with an early lead after some tic tac toe passes that lead to goals. Midfielders Skyler Francisco and Erik Lanyi did a good job of creating offense for us from up top as well. They play an unselfish style together that is great to watch. They will get good shot opportunities and instead make a the extra pass to one another and get an even better shot opportunity.
"Lucas Faria and Andrew Smith are incredibly fast and have been excellent two-way middies often not getting enough credit. Eric Reinhard has been outstanding on the defensive end and the clearing game. These three guys often do the dirty work that does not show up in the box score at the end of the game," Meth said.
The Defensive unit is nearly all seniors who have been staring varsity together since their sophomore year. The team has come to expect them to make a big contribution in every game. "When they are focused and playing as a unit, it is going to be tough for opposing offenses to score. Today was just not one of the days. I am confident they will bounce back and be back to their normal self's going into some big games this week," explains Meth.
Spartan Junior Nick Clayton and Sophomore Al Falco worked well at causing turnovers and creating transition offense. "These guys have been our x factor thus far," says Meth.
Talking about the goalie, Coach Meth says, "In my opinion, Reagan is one of the best goalies in the state, and he's starting to consistently play like it in games."
Summing it up, Meth says, "I was happy to get a win and move to 3-2 on the year. However we have yet to play a full 48 mins of good lacrosse. Mental mistakes and poor decision making on both sides of the field have been a reoccurring theme in all five of our games this season. The boy's are starting to dust of the gym-rust now that were officially on the grass field. And it couldn't come at a better time with us having two big games against Montville and Morristown Beard this week."