CRANFORD, NJ – Opening day of lacrosse season is tomorrow and both the Cranford High School Girls’ and Boys’ Teams are lead by twin siblings. And not just any twins, a set of female and male midfielders that have already each committed to taking their athletic prowess onto the collegiate level, both formally and verbally signing on with four different schools around the country.
On the girls’ team, juniors, Hannah and Sarah Ross can finish each other’s sentences, but on the lacrosse field, no verbal communication is needed. They agree that the sense of just knowing how one another play the game and where they are spatially on the field is invaluable. Sarah comments, “With other players you are yelling ‘pass’ or ‘cut’, but between me and Hannah, I just know where she is going to be moving, or we can just make eye contact or nod, it’s something you can’t do with other players.”
This sentiment is something that the Christiano brothers, high school seniors, can personally relate to, as Mark and Luke play with similar “twin telepathy” as Mark calls it and continues, “There’s a connection on the field that is unique, we’ve been playing together for so long, you just know what the other one is doing.”
While both sets of twins played many sports over their lifetimes and much of that together when they were younger, in high school the Spring season is only when they bring their talents together. Other than lacrosse, Mark has been playing soccer and ice hockey, while brother Luke, has been focused on football and basketball.
During their younger years before focusing on lacrosse, the Ross sisters were more interested in softball until they joined a lacrosse club in sixth grade. Once in high school, Sarah has been playing basketball and Hannah, tennis. But, in the Spring, it’s all about lacrosse.
This fall the Christiano brothers will be headed to college, and while Luke thought about playing lacrosse with Mark at the University of Scranton, he had a standout football season which lead to an offer from Lehigh University he couldn’t refuse, where he will be focused on football.
Both brothers realize it won’t be the same playing a sport without one another, but they are ready for the challenge. Luke comments, “I am excited for a one sport focus and to really challenge myself at another level.” Mark adds, “I’m looking forward to playing lacrosse beyond high school, but am also excited for the last high school season as we have a good team with a lot of returning players.”
With still two more seasons of lacrosse to play at Cranford High School, the Ross sisters are focused on their academics and current team schedules, before Sarah heads to Dartmouth College and Hannah travels west to the University of Denver. Sarah comments, “I know once we go to college we will really miss the team dynamic we have now, our team is so close, we practice, play, hang out and eat dinner a lot together.”
Hannah adds, “Our team is a great unit, we lost a lot of defenders last year but we have the same attackers and midfielders as last year and a lot of other players stepping up; we are excited to start the season, and with our new coach, who has come up with a great new set of plays, we have been scrimmaging really well.”
Both lacrosse teams begin regular season play tomorrow, March 25, as follows:
Girls away against Livingston at 4pm
Boys away against St. Peter’s Prep at 4pm