RANDOLPH, NJ- Sparked by a season opening overtime win against neighbor Morris Knolls, the Randolph boys varsity lacrosse team has kept their groove going to the tune of a 5-0 record to begin the 2018 campaign.
“The team is feeling good, everyone is excited to start the season off on a good note,” said captain Max Pinilis. “This whole team enjoys to work hard, which is key.”
But like any good captain, Pinilis knows that nothing is perfect and there is always room for improvement.
“We still need to focus on the little things,” Pinilis added. “Second chances and hustle plays are a huge focus this season.”
In the seasons’ second and third games, junior Austin Cross stepped into net to fill in for absent starter Scott Kimiciek, and backstopped the Rams with 13 saves in an 11-4 win over Vernon before adding another 13 saves in a 12-11 victory over Morristown-Beard.
In the Mo-Beard game, Pinilis had a monster game, putting up 10 points on six goals and four assists to lead the offense, while Matt Holland added three goals and three assists.
In their next game, an 11-3 win over Montville, Cross and Kimiciek split time in net, while Pinilis’ four goals led the way on offense. Holland added two goals and four assists, while Dylan Lawler and Dom Scali each netted two goals.
In win number five, it was Holland’s turn to dominate the stat line, as he put up nine points by scoring three goals and grabbing six assists. Pinilis had three goals and two assists, and Brandan Sukert added to the offense with three goals as well.
“Defensively we have been playing very well.” Said coach John Naslonski. “We are averaging giving up a little over 5 goals per game, and our offense is averaging scoring almost 10.”
While their 5-0 start is something to be happy about, the Rams schedule will start to bring some stronger teams in the coming weeks.
“We have two tough games ahead with Glen Rock on Thursday away, and Saturday against Mt. Olive at Randolph HS,” said Naslonski.
The Rams coach is very pleased however with what he has seen out of his troops to date.
“I am very happy with our senior leadership this year, we have a great group of kids who enjoy the competition,” said Naslonski. “They are working very hard in practice improving their stick skills and raising their Lacrosse IQ.”