RANDOLPH, NJ- With a record of 4-1 overall and 2-0 in their league, the Randolph Boys Lacrosse team has rolled out of the gate with confidence in 2019.
After starting the season with a defensive minded 6-1 victory over Morris Knolls, the Rams next four games were more wide open on the offensive end of the field as they scored 15, 14, and 17 in their next three wins. Their only blemish so far came in a 15-4 loss at No. 17 ranked Chatham.
In their most recent game, the Rams hosted St. Peters on Saturday Apr. 6 in which senior Attack Matt Holland registered his 200th career point.
“Matt is very balanced, not only does he have a "knack" for scoring, (only 6 goals away from 100), but he is also unselfish and has over 100 assists,” said coach John Naslonski. “He is a very emotional player who plays with a lot of passion and plays at one speed...fast. He absolutely does not like to lose and plays hard not only on offense but also as the attack rides on defense.”
Holland had a huge game overall, scoring three goals and adding five assists for a game high eight points.
“It felt good to get to 200 career points, but the year’s not over,” said Holland. “I didn’t even know during the game that I had hit that milestone, I just heard some parents talking about it on the sideline.”
Through three periods the game was evenly matched, although Randolph constantly had the lead. However, every time they seemed to take control and moved that lead up to three goals, St. Peters cut it back down to one.
That all changed once the fourth quarter came. With Randolph clinging to a 12-11 lead, the Rams finally threw down the hammer, ripping off five straight goals to take victory by the score of 17-11.
“We knew we wanted it more than they did, and in the fourth all sides of the field buckled down and worked together,” said Holland.
Leading the charge for Randolph in goals was Dylan Lawler with four, while Henry Pinillis and Alex Eglitis added three goals and three assists each. Aiden Clark had two goals and an assist, and rounding out the scoring were Dylan Glincman and Brendan Fabin with a goal each. Matt Rotola had seven saves to earn the win.
“St. Peter's game was an emotional game for our players,” said Naslonski. “It has been a while since we last beat them so the players wanted the game badly.”
Randolph next plays Sparta on April 9.