NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School boys lacrosse team is looking forward to another season of success, despite losing four key players due to graduation.

“Our outlook and goal for the season is to be competitive with all the teams on our schedule,” head coach Brian Bennington said. “Because of our success over the years, we have added many tougher teams to our schedule.”

This is Bennington’s eighth year as coach of the Newton High School boys lacrosse team and last year they had a record of 10-7.

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While the team lost four key players who graduated, Nick Krawchuk, Logan Kellenberger, Nick Daschko, and PJ Russell, there are 13 returning players and four newcomers that look promising.

The returning players are:

  • Chris Polyak - Junior - Goalie - Returning Starter
  • Jacob Estevez – Senior - Defense – Returning starter
  • John Bugay - Senior - Defense – Returning
  • Matthew Welker - Junior - Defense – Returning
  • Bruno Fredes - Senior - LSM – Returning
  • Grant Parker - Sophomore - Midfield - Returning starter
  • Max Weiss - Sophomore - Midfield - Returning
  • Andrew Chrustic – Senior - Midfield – Returning starter
  • Tim Houlihan – Senior - Midfield – Returning starter
  • Giovanni Bevacqua – Junior - Midfield – Returning starter
  • Ryan Vandenberg – Senior - Attack – Returning starter
  • Kyle Vandenberg - Senior - Attack - Returning starter
  • Matthew Krawchuk – Junior -Attack – Returning starter

Some key newcomers include:

  • Mason Leen - Attack – Sophomore
  • Brendon Reed - Defense- Sophomore
  • Frank Antonucci - Defense – Freshman
  • Kevin Lupo - Midfield - Junior

“The biggest strength of our team is how the players bond together like a family,” Bennington said. “They are always very positive and push each other to get better.”

The Braves will open their season on Wednesday, March 28 with a home opener against Lenape Valley beginning at 4 p.m. on Newton’s turf field.