RANDOLPH, NJ- A thick white fog rolled over DaSilva field in Randolph on the evening of Friday May 5, at times making it impossible to see the goal at the opposite side of the field. But that didn’t stop the Randolph boys lacrosse team from depositing the ball into the Kinnelon net two more times than the Colts, taking an 11-9 victory on Senior night.
Before the game began, the traditional senior night celebration was held in which parents and siblings escorted their senior players onto the field to be recognized for their commitment to the program.
“This senior group is a special bunch of players,” said head coach John Naslonski. “I have grown to admire what each brings to the team both on and off the field; sometimes on serious issues but also as comic relief when needed.”
After introductions, over 100 youth lacrosse players lined the field in a human tunnel for the varsity to run through. As the game started the fog completely hid the crowd from the players’ sideline view, but the youth players’ chants of “Let’s Go Randolph” cut through the air and assured the team that the bleachers were full and their fans were there.
“The fog was very tough to play in, but the players adapted well,” said Naslonski. “I need to give special shout out to (Goalies) Scott Kimiecik and Sam Wanatick for their ability to stay focused in on the ball. Both did a fantastic job in goal.”
Kinnelon controlled the early going, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the first. The Rams got on the board and narrowed the gap in the second, as the teams entered half with the Colts holding a 4-3 lead. Randolph’s strong third period was the difference in the game as they outscored the Colts 5-2, turning a one goal deficit into a two goal lead. The teams exchanged three apiece in the fourth, leading to the final score of 11-9 Rams.
“Tonight's victory was very satisfying because it was all about the seniors, said Naslonski. “Every senior got the opportunity to play tonight, some more than others, but they all contributed in one way or another.
Senior Attackman Luc Swedlund posted three goals, while Max Pinilis scored two goals and added three assists to lead the Rams in scoring. Noah Nile and Matt Holland each had two goals, and Jacob Flowers and Dom Scali each netted a goal to contribute to the win. Dylan Lawler contributed three assists and Brandon Sukert had one.
Kimiecik had eight saves in net for the game, and Wanatick had two.
Coach Naslonski shared some words of advice for his soon to be graduated seniors as they prepare to move onto the next stage of life.
“I don't worry about this group of seniors, they are very well grounded and understand the concept of how working together gets things done in an efficient manner,” said Naslonski. “I would tell them, as I do now, set your sights on your goals, work hard, don't give up. If you fall down...get up and do it again.”