WANAQUE, NJ- Junior Max Pinilis has achieved an Impressive milestone in netting career goal # 100 for the Randolph boys’ lacrosse team, leading the Rams to an 11-5 defeat of Lakeland on Tuesday Apr. 9.
“To break the 100 goal mark is a nice accomplishment, but to reach that milestone as a Junior is a great accomplishment in the lacrosse world,” said Randolph coach John Naslonski.
Pinilis has been a starter on the RHS Varsity team since his freshman year, another impressive accomplishment in its own right. A versatile player, coach Naslonski used Pinilis at Attack freshmen year, at Midfield sophomore year, and in both positions during his junior year.
“One of Max's best attributes is his "lacrosse IQ", he has shown me his ability to make on field adjustments for three years now,” said Naslonski. “He is like having another coach out on the field. He knows my offense, and along with Luc Swedlund they are like Player/Coaches on the field.”
In the Lakeland game, Pinilis passed JP Southren, ( 99 career goals ) while joining Luc Swedlund ( who hit the 100 mark this season ) and Jake Southren as Rams to reach the career milestone in the past two seasons. He still has his whole senior year ahead of him to chase Jake Southren’s Randolph record of 140 goals; an impressive mark that was achieved in only a three year varsity career.
Pinilis recorded a hat trick in the Lakeland game, while Matt Holland also had three goals and added two assists for the Rams. Andre Burke contributed two goals and an assist, and Luc Swedlund assisted on four goals while scoring one. Tony Fodali and Nick Lusardi rounded out the goal scoring with one apiece, while Scott Kimiecik ( 4 saves ) and Sam Wanatick ( 3 saves ) split time in goal.
When his Randolph playing career is over, Pinilis will continue to play at the next level as he has been committed to play at Division 1 Hobart since after his freshman summer.