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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys Lacrosse Fall to Old Bridge, 5-3, in Home Opener

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Jordan Belford (23), Richie Nordon (24), and Garret Szeto (15)  Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Raiders celebrate after Scott Nizolak's 3rd quarter goal. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Harrison Parada keeps Old Bridge's attackers in check behind his net. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- On a wet Wexler Field, the varsity Raiders Boys Lacrosse team faced off against the evenly matched Old Bridge Knights. Just two minutes into the game, Kevin Kirby tallied the first goal of the game for Scotch Plains-Fanwood off a precision pass from Garrett Szeto. The visiting Knights answered with a goal of their own, adding two more in the first quarter and establishing a significant lead. The Raiders did not help themselves with tripping and slashing penalties. Matt Sander delivered a goal for Old Bridge in the second quarter, taking a 4-1 lead before halftime. “We made mistakes, and they scored on our mistakes,” said Coach Nick Miceli. “It’s attention to detail, we didn’t have that today. We threw the ball away a lot, missed shots, didn’t make the passes we need to, and didn’t finish on the ball.” The Raiders became hopeful in the third quarter, rallying behind a Scott Nizolak snipe which edged the Knights’ lead. The remainder of the game was controlled by Old Bridge’s dominating offense, who held possession of the ball for the majority of the fourth quarter. Old Bridge’s Sean Olsen sealed his team’s victory, netting his third goal of the game in the fourth quarter. Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Jack Gerrity added one late goal to the scoreboard, making the final score 5-3. Despite the loss, goalie Cole Weber made several remarkable stops between the posts and kept his team within reach of the Knights. “Cole played great - he’s the backbone of our team, and he played phenomenal for us,” said Miceli. “I don’t think there were any goals he should have back. He had a lot of stops, and it’s just about us eliminating the number of mistakes we made and capitalizing on the errors the other team makes.” The Raiders will return to Wexler Field on Saturday morning to face St. Joseph High School of Metuchen at 11:00 a.m. “The only saving grace is that this game is done,” Miceli added. “We have to learn from this. We’re going to have the film, and we’re going to learn from the game and move on.”

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