Sports Top Stories

Randolph Boys Lacrosse Hopes Strong Finish in 2014 Leads to Fast Start in 2015

f81fe67070214731b313_IMG_0023.JPG
Senior Jesse Bush will play an important role in the faceoff circle for the Rams this year  Credits: Chris Manderioli
0e73be3614cff32cca4f_best_d8aa31bd9deaf879f497_IMG_0512.JPG
Jake Southren will be a key leader in the scoring attack Credits: Chris Manderioli
6615669637d647ad6965_best_a49d228daccde10123df_IMG_0446.JPG
Junior Wyatt Todd is expected to be a key part of the defense Credits: Chris Manderioli
a70bd0a21ad6266cbd6d_IMG_0012.JPG
Junior Attackman Jake Southren will look to replace the scoring lost to his brothers graduation Credits: Chris Manderioli
f81fe67070214731b313_IMG_0023.JPG

RANDOLPH, NJ- After a disappointing loss in the New Jersey State Tournament Semi-Finals last season, team captains Austin Hennig and Nolan Sappio look to lead Randolph’s boys lacrosse team to victory this upcoming season. 

With a record of 11-12 during the 2014 season, the senior-led team finished the season strong as they made a push deep into the playoffs, ultimately falling short at the hands of Morristown.  

The key to last year’s success was the togetherness and unity of the Rams. This mentality followed coach John Naslonski’s motto of, “encourage, don’t discourage”.

Sign Up for E-News

In addition to what senior goalie Andrew Weingold calls the “family-like atmosphere”, the team was held together in part by a strong core of seniors.

Both attackman J.P Southren and goalie Matthew Carle contributed in a large part to last year’s success.  Each highly skilled individual was granted a New Jersey First Team All State award for their excellence on the field, and their production will need to be replaced.

“We are going to miss both of them for sure,” said Hennig. “They were a big part of our success along with half a dozen other seniors that gave this team some identity as a hard hitting, ground-and-pound squad.”

The foundation of this year’s team will be the nearly 20 players returning from last year’s roster.  This list includes current juniors Wyatt Todd, Jake Southren and Brian Gleeson, all who were named to All Morris County teams last year for their outstanding performances throughout the season.  

“We plan to improve as a well rounded team by working hard every practice,” said Hennig, a senior defenseman. “We need to focus on all aspects of the game, not just the scoring.”

“We hope to come together as a young team,” said Southren, a recent Quinnipiac Lacrosse commit who will be looked at as a key part of the offense this season.  Southren added, “Our staff, head coach John Naslonski and assistants Ben Young and Elliott Grover, are excellent coaches and can definitely help our team out this year, so I’m excited.”

Last year, coach Naslonski made his return as the head coach of Randolph in nearly a decade.  

In previous years, he had led Randolph to numerous state championship games.  Last year, he brought the program back on the right track with the team’s appearance in the semi-finals.

Rivalry plays a huge part when it comes to the physicality and exhilaration of the fast paced game. 

“For sure Roxbury,” Hennig said when asked about the team’s rivals. “Everyone is pumped up and you do everything in your power to beat them.”

“Playing Roxbury is a game we all come out really excited for,” Southren said. “We haven’t lost to them in over a decade and we hope to keep it that way.”

He continued by reminiscing, “We played them twice last year in back to back close games. We narrowly won both the last game of the season and the first round of the playoffs over the Gales with some late game heroics.”

The two teams compete each year in a charity game for various organizations while competing for the Randolph-Roxbury Cup. The victor is awarded the trophy until the following meeting along with an engraving of the score and the winning team’s name.  

Each of the last 13 engravings all say the same name, Randolph.

“We want to maintain an identity,” Hennig added.  The team was known all around the county for their high level of physicality on and off of the ball by teams and referees alike. 

“Teams would walk onto the field afraid and intimidated. We had them right where we wanted them,” said the newly appointed team captain. 

“Opponents knew coming onto Dasilva Field that they were going to have to take some punishment if they wanted to get anywhere near the goal,” said Weingold. 

The boys open their season on Saturday March 27, home at 10 AM, and wiil be tested by an opponent who surely will have revenge on their minds.  They will face off against Howell, who the Rams just defeated in the hockey state finals a couple weeks ago.

“The state championship is our main goal this year like any year, and if we work hard, we can get it,” said Hennig.  

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Randolph

Road Resurfacing Work in Randolph for July 9 - 16

July 7, 2018

Below is a list of the streets for the upcoming resurfacing work. All roads will remain open for local traffic and emergency vehicles. Motorists should allow additional time for travel.



Street Name
Dates of Milling
Dates of Paving


Springhill Road - Forrest Road to #40
7/9
7/11-12


Musiker Avenue - Morey Lane to ...

Randolph Kiwanis Freedom Parade Highlights Township 4th of July Weekend Celebration

July 1, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- With clear blue skies and blazing temperatures that climbed into the 90's, the Randolph Kiwanis Freedom Parade carried on to the delight of children and residents who lined the streets of town on Saturday June 30. 

The Freedom Parade - one of the largest Fourth of July weekend  parades in New Jersey - is sponsored and organized by the all-volunteer, ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_6e617a468ce0c6ee69fb_el_spotscolor_13

Mon, July 16, 9:30 AM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Nursery Rhyme Time

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Health & Wellness Other

Carousel_image_613c16257bcb967a97ed_storytime

Mon, July 16, 10:15 AM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Story-Go-Round

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education Other

Carousel_image_c7d778562936b36d566a_2017_nsm_band_blank_flyer

Mon, July 16, 7:00 PM

Randolph Township Public Library, Randolph

Nick Simone Band

Community Calendar

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Education: A Bedrock of Democracy, Civic Engagement and Economic Prosperity

July 6, 2018

More than 240 years ago, our nation’s founders envisioned a country where individuals could forge their own destinies and not be constrained by the circumstances of birth. The essential concept was that people could govern themselves and participate in democracy, or what Benjamin Franklin and others called “a great experiment.” The vision was bold and has flourished as the ...

Garden State Urology named a Center of Excellence by NAFC

July 15, 2018

Urology group recognized for exemplary care, dedication to patients

WHIPPANY, NJ – Garden State Urology, part of Atlantic Medical Group, was recently designated a Center of Excellence by the National Association for Continence.

Garden State Urology is a cooperative urology group that provides residents in northwestern New Jersey with a modern, integrated, comprehensive health care ...

Registration open for Randolph Hebrew with Early Bird Discount!

Entering its 17th year, Randolph Hebrew of Morris County has opened registration to new students for the upcoming school year that is set to begin on Sunday, September 16th.

Randolph Hebrew enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter in creative Jewish education. It's well trained staff, cutting edge curriculum along with the teacher to student ration allows for individualized ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

Atlantic Health System, MedExpress partner in 11 New Jersey Urgent Care Centers

Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system, and MedExpress, a neighborhood health care provider, are collaborating to coordinate care between MedExpress' 11 neighborhood medical centers in northern New Jersey and Atlantic Health System's extensive clinically integrated network of physicians, hospitals and other care sites.

The jointly owned centers will enable ...

Fourth of July Vacations Mean Increased Need for Blood Donations

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center Calls on Residents to Donate Blood Throughout the Holiday Period

NEW BRUNSWICK (June 29, 2018) – New Jersey Blood Services/New York Blood Center announced a blood emergency in the run up to summer, but with the 4th of July approach, NYBC is renewing those calls. With the holiday falling mid-week, many people go on vacation or ...