CLARK, NJ – The Arthur L. Johnson High School winter teams opened play in 2020 over the week.
The Crusaders dropped their third game in a row and fell to 2-3 on the season after losing to Hillside, 51-44, on Friday, Jan. 3. Matt O’Connor put in 10 points to lead the Crusaders on the offensive end. He also had six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Anthony Ferreira added nine points and four assists. Kalleem Lambert put in 28 of Hillside’s 51 points as the team improved to 5-1. Johnson returns to action against Roselle on Jan. 7 with a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Johnson dropped to 1-4 on the season after a 57-28 loss at New Providence on Friday, Jan. 3. New Providence built a 20-12 lead after one quarter and then outscored the Crusaders 31-10 between the second and third quarter. Katie Ledden led Johnson with 13 points. For New Providence, which improved to 7-0, Meghan Lamanna was the high scorer with 19 points.
Johnson improved to 5-2 on the season with a 4-2 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Jan. 3 at Warinanco Park. The Crusaders scored a goal apiece in the first and second period and then added another two in the third. Nick Galati led Johnson with two goals, Anthony Morreale and Adrian Skiba also scored and goalie Nick Sofiankois made 46 saves. The Crusaders avenged a 4-1 loss to SP-F on Dec. 23. Johnson will compete against Newark East Side Wednesday night at Warinanco Park. First puck drop is at 6:50.
At a quad at Middlesex on Jan. 4, Johnson lost to Union, 70-12, and to Middlesex, 57-23. Against Union, Johnson had a pair of victories. At 138 pounds, the Crusaders’ James Lordi pinned Jose Lemus in 3:41. At 182, Jordan Downey pinned Union’s Sebastian Huari in 1:52. Johnson saw four victories against Middlesex. Matthew Lordi won by forfeit at 106, James Lordi won by pin at 4:32 at 138, Downey earned a technical fall at 4:50 at 182 and Thano Kofos earned a pin in 28 seconds at 285. Johnson wrestles New Providence Monday night at 6.