New Providence Athlete of the Week: Jack Harvey

New Providence boys' lacrosse player Jack Harvey scored 14 goals over the Pioneers' first four games of the season. Credits: Alli Lamhing

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Jack Harvey has taken opponents by storm during the first week of the Pioneers’ boys’ lacrosse season.

Over the first four games of New Providence’s 2014 campaign, Harvey has accumulated 14 goals and eight assists, more than any other player on the Pioneers’ roster.

Because of his early season success, The Alternative Press of New Providence is pleased to name Jack Harvey its first Athlete of the Week for the Spring season.

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“He’s off to a real good start,” New Providence boys’ lacrosse head coach Vinny Carangelo said. “He’s a sniper. He has the potential to not only be a sniper but also be a distributor. He’s showing signs of that. If he starts to do more than, the sky is the limit.”

Harvey has scored at least four goals in three of the first four games this season. On Tuesday, in the Pioneers’ home opening 14-3 victory over Clifton at Lieder Field, Harvey tied a career-high with a five-goal performance.

“I think my teammates did a really good job of passing me the ball,” Harvey said. “I think I did a good job of passing them the ball in the crease. They were able to finish so we did a great job on offense.”

The junior attacker was originally attributed with six goals and four assists, however a review of the game tape took a goal away and added an assist to his total.

Harvey was not upset about the change, instead focusing on his desire to be a “team player.”

“I haven’t played as much like a team player,” Harvey said. “I’m a shooter. I like to shoot the ball. I want to be more of a team player, make the right pass, do the right thing, get more goals for our team.”

He has done enough goal scoring over the first two years on the New Providence varsity team than most players do in a career. Harvey reached the 100-goal plateau in the Pioneers’ season-opening win at Old Bridge last week. He has set the bar high though, because his ultimate goals have not been reached.

“It was a good feeling,” Harvey said. “I knew it was coming, but I want 200, so it's not done yet.”

The two-sport athlete has a tough decision to make in the next couple of months. Harvey has been the starting quarterback for the Pioneers’ varsity football the last two years and a starting attacker for the lacrosse team since his freshman campaign.

However, when push comes to shove, Harvey will always be a lacrosse player.

“I’m definitely a lacrosse player before a football player,” Harvey said.  “I play some lacrosse all year round. The athleticism helps with football as much as it does lacrosse. I like lacrosse better.”

You can check out Jack Harvey and the rest of the New Providence boys’ lacrosse team in action all season long at Lieder Field. Their next home game is scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m.

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