ROXBURY, NJ – Even though its goaltender was dealing with a family crisis, the Roxbury High School boys lacrosse team easily beat West Windsor Plainsboro South on Wednesday to advance in the state tournament.
The 17-3 victory came less than 24 hours after Gaels’ starting goalie, Brandon Maresca, was left homeless by a house fire. Thanks to the defense of No. 2 seeded Roxbury, Maresca didn't see the ball at his end of the field the entire first half.
In an interview earlier in the day, Roxbury boys lacrosse coach Chris Blough said Maresca – despite the tragedy – made a point of coming to school and playing in the important game. On the field, the 17-year-old Maresca made 5 saves.
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West Windsor wasn't much of a match for the Gaels, the best lacrosse team in the history of the program at Roxbury. The team is now 17-3 and two of its losses came at the hands of the top-ranked and second-ranked teams in the state.
After the first quarter passed in Wednesday’s game, many of the Gaels starters were taken off the field, but not before Paul Shadel reached the 200-point milestone.
The high scorer was Eric D'Arminio with six goals and two assists, Dave Biank had four goals and three assists, Shadel had three goals and three assists, Owen Tarnowski and Matt Danscecs each had two goals and two assists. The following players each had an assist - Ryan Fehsal, Aaron Heyman, Riley O'Conner and Anthony Perhacs.
Roxbury faces No. 7 seed Randolph in the semifinals on Saturday.