ROXBURY, NJ –The head coach of Roxbury High School’s boys lacrosse program today proudly cited the post-graduation success of three former players: Nick Snow, Eric D’Arminio and Michael Christiansen.
“Many previous graduates of the Roxbury boys lacrosse program had exceptional seasons for their respective programs,” said coach Chris Blough.
He pointed to Snow, D’Arminio and Christiansen as three who are making “significant contributions to their (college) teams this spring.”
Snow, who graduated in 2015, completed his career at Montclair State after being a 2-year starter on defense, said Blough. “He compiled 79 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers in his career, including a team-leading 14 caused turnovers in 2018,” he noted.
Blough said Snow was also selected to wear the number 24 this year, an honor at the university. The number 24 is given - in memory of former Montclair lacrosse player and coach John Greco - to the player who best represents Greco and his love for the program.
D’Arminio, who was among the all-state attackman class of 2017, finished his first year with Stockton University this spring.
“He started as an offensive midfielder and compiled 26 goals, 27 assists and 43 ground balls,” Blough said. “He was an integral part of a Stockton team that went 18-3, won the CSAC regular season and tournament titles and won a NCAA tournament game for the first time.”
Blough noted that D’Arminio “for his stellar season,” was named a 1st-team all CSAC midfielder.
Christiansen graduated from Roxbury last year. He now plays for Hobart College.
He was “a 2-time, first-team, all-state defenseman for the Class of 2018 and finished his freshman year at Division 1 Hobart College after an outstanding season with the Statesman,” Blough said.
The coach noted that Christiansen “started every game he played on defense and was selected the team’s defensive MVP.”
He said the college’s Outstanding Defensive Player Award is presented annually to a lacrosse player in recognition of outstanding defensive play.
In addition to Christiansen, the Gaels lost to graduation last year a number of other key players, including Matt Dancsecs, Anthony Perhacs, Brandon Maresca, Connor Mahoney, Nick Amendola and Kyle Jenkins.
"Over the past 5 years we have had quite a few players move on to play at the next level," Blough said. "Many of them were contributors to their teams and had successful seasons this spring. I am proud of all the guys that have moved on to play."
The coach said he tries to keep tabs on the players after their Gaels days end. "I enjoy following their games and their progress through the years," he said. "These three players in particular have been highlighted because they were selected by their teams and/or conferences as standout players for their respective programs. They are examples of what we try to teach here at the high school."
Blough said Snow, D'Arminio and Christiansen "work hard on the field and in the classroom," and are good role models for younger athletes. "They were outstanding players when they were here and have continued to improve," he said. "I hope all of the current and future Roxbury high school players see these guys as examples of what you can achieve if you work hard and work smart."