NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The sophomore duo of Quinn Killeen and Garrett Pope put the Pioneers’ boys lacrosse team back in the win column on Thursday.
With Killeen’s four goals and Pope’s seven saves on eight shots, New Providence decisively defeated Bergen Tech, 15-1, at Lieder Field.
The victory is the Pioneers’ eighth of the season, but their first since an April 10 defeat of Verona.
New Providence had lost their two previous games, a triple-overtime heartbreaker to Somerville last week and a stunning loss to Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Tuesday.
“Its nice to feel positive again,” New Providence head coach Vinny Carangelo said, “Get something good to build on, have fun, smile again.”
Killeen’s four goals is a new career-high for the second-year varsity starter, he now has eight on the season.
His fellow sophomore teammate, Pope, got himself back on the right track after allowing 15 goals to the Raiders on Tuesday. The starting goaltender stopped all but one shot from Bergen Tech.
“Garrett looked real good. He needed that for his psyche. He’s a real strong goalie, so you didn’t have to really worry about him. He let in 15 goals and it bothered him a little bit. Quinn is real strong,” Carangelo said. “He has a lot of experience now. He started all last year as an offensive midfielder. He’s done a real nice job back there for us.”
Junior Jack Harvey continued his dominating play, scoring at least four goals for the fifth time this season, while senior James Burke also put in four. Both players added three assists to their game totals.
The Pioneers have another strong test on Saturday when they face rival Oratory Prep at Lieder Field. The Rams have taken two of the last three meetings from New Providence, however they will be coming off a loss, having been defeated by Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Thursday.
Saturday’s matchup between OP and NP could be a battle for the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the upcoming Union County Tournament, however, to the Pioneers, the game is less about seeding and more about pride.
Killeen said: “Saturday is a game to pretty much prove that we’re still here, that we can still play.”
The opening faceoff is scheduled for 10 a.m.