New Providence kicked their season off with a tough 9-8 overtime loss to Bernards that saw a 6-3 halftime lead slip away in the waning moments of the game.

Exactly one season opener ago, Bernards had no trouble getting past the Pioneers, topping them 9-4, but today was a much closer match-up.

It was a balanced attack for New Providence, spearheaded by Syracuse-bound Tyler Lawton who scored a trio of goals in the losing effort.

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Fellow senior Tommy McGrath chipped in a pair of goals for the Pioneers, and Joe D’Anna, Matt Burke, and Sean Sweeny added a goal apiece.

The score was tied at 8 all heading into sudden death overtime when visiting Bernards scored the game-winner to give them a win to open up their season.

Senior goalie Pat Trezza contributed 10 saves to keep New Providence in the game against a stingy Bernards side.

The Pioneers will try and pick up their first win of the early season when they take on Morris Knolls on Saturday, with opening face-off set for 10 a.m.