SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys lacrosse season opened this year with high expectations, and the team was able to work toward the optimism with a 13-3 victory over Cranford at home Wednesday afternoon.
The win came in the fourth edition of the “Cole’s Cup," an annual matchup between Cranford and SPFHS to honor cancer survivor and former Raider goalie Cole Weber. SPFHS was able to up its record to 3-1 since the inception of the competition.
The key to the Raiders' victory was the institution of a possession-heavy game mentality. SPFHS was able to win 18 of 19 faceoffs, led by senior and Rutgers commit David Walker, who won each of his 12 faceoffs. The ability to control the ball in the beginning of every attack gave the Raiders more ability to create chances and play to the pace of their style.
Given the opportunity to establish their own game, the Raiders capitalized on the majority of their possessions. SPFHS was able to have a total of 37 shots, and were led by the efforts of seniors Robert Gordon and Richard Nardone who both scored three times. Noah Costanzo scored two goals. Jack Brady, Aidan Guma, Alex Oslislo, and Anthony Porter each scored once.
On the other side, goalie Riley Guma, committed to NJIT, was able to save 14 shots, securing the defense with fellow Division One commit, Anthony Magnotta (Marist).
The next game for the Raiders will be away against Princeton on Saturday morning while Cranford heads to Morris Knolls for a Friday afternoon game.