LIVINGSTON, NJ — The seven senior members of the Livingston High School varsity boys lacrosse team were honored during their home game on Wednesday, which ended in a 4-3 defeat to Arthur L. Johnson.

Despite being scoreless throughout the first three quarters, the Lancers fought back with a goal apiece from Adam Geffner, Brian Russo and Ryan Valese in the fourth.

Seniors Austin Siegel, Matthew Santola, Stephen Russo, John Durish, Declan Foley, Ryan Gold and Adam Geffner were joined on the field by their parents and teammates as they were recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the team.

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“These boys have been around to carry us to the next level—getting to the Essex County Tournament semifinals, one goal away from being in the final game—it’s a tribute to the seniors and they’ve set the tone now for the young guys to continue the success,” said LHS Athletic Director David Cohen. “We’ve got a few freshman that are getting on-field varsity game experience. Coach Dzama does a great job of getting down on the youth level with the kids, so they know who he is when the get up here and know what the expectations are, so I think we’re built to last and we’re going to be ready for next year.”

The senior boys were recognized as an “unselfish group” who always put the needs of others over their own want and desires. Off the field, the students hold themselves to high standards in the classroom, earning high-level GPAs and being members of numerous academic programs at the high school.

Many of them began their careers in the Junior Lancer Lacrosse Club as elementary or middle school students and have each contributed to the success of the Livingston boys lacrosse program since then.

No. 2 Austin Siegel began his lacrosse career in fifth grade and spent three years on varsity. He will attend Indiana University in the fall.

No. 14 Matt Santola, who also began his lacrosse career in elementary school and spent three years on varsity lacrosse, was also All Conference and All County for Livingston varsity soccer. He is a member of the National Honor Society, History National Honor Society and the Vision 20/20 Committee among others. He will be attending Wake Forest University to study business.

No. 10 Stephen Russo began his lacrosse career in second grade and has also been an accomplished football player as a varsity player for three years and a senior captain. He has been on the varsity lacrosse team for four years and will continue at the collegiate level in the fall for Division I at Cleveland State University. He has also earned First Team All Super Essex Conference, First Team All Waterman Conference and other accolades for lacrosse. 

No. 15 John Durish began lacrosse in second grade and is also a two-year letterman for the football team. He will be attending the University of Coastal Carolina to major in business and minor in marine biology.

No. 11 Declan Foley began his lacrosse career in second grade and is a three-year varsity member of both lacrosse and basketball. He will be coaching this summer for the New Jersey Emeralds, his former club lacrosse team. He will attend the County College of Morris in the fall before transferring to Moravian College to study communications and play lacrosse.

No. 17 Ryan Gold was Second Team All Conference for football and captain his senior year. He is a two-time varsity letter winner with boys lacrosse and will be attending Lehigh University.

No. 22 Adam Geffner began with the Junior Lancers in eighth grade and is now a two-time varsity letter winner with boys lacrosse. He is also a member of the Student Government Association executive board, National Honor Society as well as three other honor societies. He will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall. 

Despite Wednesday’s loss, the Lancers hold a 5-1 record in the league and a 9-7 record overall on the season. They will take on Millburn in the Jake Cup on the LHS turf on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. 

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