CRANFORD - Congratulations to this week’s Cranford High School Athletes of the Week, Conor Halpin and Grace Power.  

Halpin, a senior on the boys varsity lacrosse team, scored 13 goals and had 2 assists over his first three games, powering the Cougars to a 3-0 record. 

"I put in a lot of work this offseason by going to different tournaments over the summer and all of that," said Halpin. "I really came into the season with a chip on my shoulder so that's kind of influenced me."

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Halpin didn't have much time in-between the winter offseason and the start of the spring season as he made it all of the way to the Atlantic City Wrestling Championships. Though little time in-between, Halpin believes his wrestling background helps him thrive in lacrosse.

"Wrestling helps out with lacrosse. It's not like I was sitting around on the couch. I was still out there being quick and even on face-offs, wrestling really helps in that way," added Halpin.

Power, a junior on the girls varsity lacrosse team, scored her 100th career goal against Morristown Beard in the Cougars home opener this past week. Power has scored six goals over her first two games this season, but the Cougars are still searching for their first win.

"We have Scotch Plains on Wednesday so I hope that can be our first win of the season," said Power. "It'd be really great because it's also a Conference game. Scotch Plains is one of our rivals and we always want to be New Providence and GL (Governor Livingston) too because they're also in our Conference."

The Cougars will heavily rely on the offensive production from Power and teammate Alyssa Gesslein, who has five goals this season. Power knows that the chemistry between the two can results in a lot of goals. 

"Me and Alyssa work really well together because we're always able to find each other on the field and whenever she goes to drive but it doesn't work out, she'll find me or I'll find her and it works out in the end," added Power.

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