LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The New Providence boys lacrosse team rallied from a two-goal deficit in the fourth quarter for a 9-8 victory over Livingston on Wednesday.
Thomas McGrath scored four goals and assisted on two for New Providence (5-1), which trailed, 7-5, after three quarters. Joe D'Anna scored two goals in the victory and Zach Marvin made 16 saves for the Pioneers.
"Although today wasn't pretty, we found a way to grind it out," said New Providence head lacrosse coach Russell Anderson. "Sometimes that is just the way it is and it says a great deal about the way we battled through adversity. Our senior leadership stepped forward in a big way, in particular, the fourth quarter."
Sean Sweeney had one goal and one assist, and Matt Burke and Will Tselepis each scored a goal for New Providence, which trailed after each of the first three periods. The Pioneers handed Livingston (5-2), a Group 4 school, just its second loss of the season.
"We definitely didn't start the year the way that we hoped but it's lacrosse and there are so many opportunities to improve," Anderson said. "I am really proud of the way this team has bought in and established a work ethic. We have found success because they guys believe in one another and continue to do so every day. We are a tight knit unit and that is all you can really ask for as a coach. We still have work to do but I am excited for the team's opportunities moving forward."
Anderson pointed to the balance his team exhibited as a key to today's victory and to the Pioneers' recent success.
"Both sides of the ball today really embraced the challenge when push came to shove," Anderson said. "Our defense has been excellent and is led by a number of great players. Our goalie, Zach Marvin, is a perfect example of what hard work will produce. He is always working his game well before and after team practices.
"Offensively, we took advantage of some key opportunities. Tommy (McGrath) exhibited great poise and leadership with his play today. His goals in the fourth quarter were the spark that we needed. When it wasn't Tommy we others step up which is a great sign of our hard work and improvement paying off. "
Up next, the Pioneers play Pequannock at home on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. start.