NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Senior defenseman Connor Lawton was prepared and ready for his fourth year on varsity lacrosse before COVID-19 put a screeching halt to the spring season that was ultimately canceled earlier this month.  

"Since his freshman year, no one player has shown true mental and physical growth as Connor has," said New Providence head lacrosse coach Russ Anderson. "In his sophomore and junior years, Connor played significant minutes against top tier offense talent and thrived. As a senior, his physical stature and game ability positioned him as a top defenseman in the conference. In addition, Connor’s knowledge and skill of the game allowed him to be considered for multiple positions. He could play imposing defense as well as offense as he was one of our fastest shooters. He is one of the most cerebral players to come through the program, and he will be sorely missed."  

During the 2019 season, it stung to lose to Scotch Plains-Fanwood during their regular season conference match-up in what was a draw in brutally windy conditions. The Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 16-10 victory. So, naturally, Lawton's favorite high school highlight was the upset UCT quarterfinal win over the Raiders. "We took the lead in the second quarter, and never looked back holding on to a 10-6 win to move to the county semifinals," said Lawton.

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"Wearing the NP on the jersey is for my teammates. The NP that we all wear represents the brotherhood bond that we share," said Lawton. "We spend countless hours on the field together, but when lacrosse ends, New Providence Lacrosse always looks out for each other. This sport has bonded my teammates and I for life, and wearing the NP on the front of the uniform solidifies that."

"I would like to thank my coaches for an unforgettable 4 years. I would also like to thank my parents for the endless support since my lacrosse career began back in second grade," said Lawton.

TAPinto: What is your favorite youth highlight?

Connor: My favorite youth memory is having my father as my head coach from 5th grade to 8th grade. He was one of my first lacrosse coaches and had a huge impact on the way I feel about the sport. During this time, I grew a strong passion for the game and I can thank my father for that.

TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of COVID-19 isolation?

Connor: I’ve been pretty down missing all of the fun events that comes with being a second semester senior in High School, especially senior year of lacrosse. I am staying positive and looking forward to the next chapter of my life.

TAPinto: What will be the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?

Connor: Without a doubt, when restrictions are lifted I will be making my way to Barbers. I’ve been growing out my hair for the lacrosse season since early November and it is in dire need of a cut.

Editor's Note: New Providence High School closed its doors for the school year in mid-March, corresponding with the declaration of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In early May the NJSIAA confirmed that the entire spring sports season would be canceled statewide.TAPinto New Providence will feature New Providence High School senior athletes in a spotlight series to be published. Seniors, click here for form. 

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