SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – TAPintoSPF is honoring the Class of 2020 with a series of senior profiles honoring the athletes who did not get to play their spring sports seasons due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Today, we will highlight the Boys Lacrosse team, led by Coach Nick Miceli, whose team had big expectations that they unfortunately never had the chance to fulfill.
"I want to thank our seniors for everything they have done for our program. Their dedication and hard work to our "family" since their youth days up throughout their high school years is greatly appreciated,” said varsity coach Nick Miceli. "I know it was not the senior season they were looking forward to, but nonetheless I am proud to call them 'alumni' now."
"Our future teams will play for the class of 2020 and honor those guys that didn't get a chance to get out there this Spring," Coach Miceli added. "If there is any silver lining in this is that we have all learned a valuable life lesson which is never take anything for granted because things or circumstances can change in an instance."
CJ Bunin (No. 17): A three-year varsity player, CJ was the Rookie of the Year in 2018 and did the “dirty work” for the team. CJ missed playing lacrosse and being with his friends. He will attend Penn State in the fall.
Nick Belford (No. 16): A three-year varsity defenseman, Nick was a hard-nosed player with a great LAX IQ. He also competed on our football team. Nick missed playing lacrosse with his teammates and will play lacrosse at Union County College.
Will Brady (No. 12): A three-year varsity attackman known for his step down righty shot, Will was going to be a big threat for us this year on our man up team. Will has a great coachable attitude and will be missed. Will missed practices and being around his teammates and the games against Westfield "when the whole team and sideline goes crazy." He will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall.
Mike DiFrancesco (No. 28): Varsity defenseman Mike has been our “lead by example” guy over the last few years. He has incredible stick skills, plays great positional defense, and was an All-Division player in 2019. He will attend Marist College in the fall.
Justin Fletcher (No. 15): A three-year varsity midfielder, he was a big, strong dodger for the team with a tremendous shot. He was also a key player on our basketball team. Justin advises: "Never take anything for granted and play every day like it could be your last." He will attend the University of Maryland in the fall and will look to play club basketball and lacrosse.
Aidan Guma (No. 2): A four-year varsity attackman, Aidan is one of the most talented offensive players ever at SPF. He had the most points scored by anyone after their junior season and was an All-State and All-Division selection who will be hard to replace. Aidan missed playing with his boys from elementary school one last time and will play lacrosse in college at Montclair State.
Ryan Lamberta (No. 29): A two-year Varsity Goalie. He has been a solid netminder for us and played big in his games during his junior season. Not only great in goal, but the biggest personality on the team! Ryan also played on the Raiders ice hockey and football teams. Ryan missed playing and hanging out with his friends and the team's tough games against Westfield and Cranford. Ryan will attend the University of South Carolina and major in sports management.
Charlie Levine (No. 13): A two-year varsity midfielder, Charlie (AKA Chaz, Chuck, and Chazzle) is known for his speed and making plays in the open field. He was a member of the football and basketball team. Charlie missed being around the guys every day. He will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall.
Patrick Mochnal (No. 30): A two-year varsity LSM (WHAT IS THIS?), Patrick is known for being a vacuum on ground balls as well as having excellent LAX IQ! Patrick never missed practices, gym sessions and scrimmages. He will attend the University of Michigan to study economics and business.
Bobby Root (No. 26): A four-year varsity face-off man, Bobby Root took over 400 draws for the Raiders and was a huge part of the Raiders playoff run in 2018, when he was the team’s most improved player. He was also a starter for the wrestling program. Bobby missed the opportunity to be one of the greatest teams in SPF history. He will play lacrosse next year at Mt. St. Mary's College and major in business.
Kyle Rigney (No. 3): A three-year varsity player, Kyle was a dual threat on offense playing both attack and midfield for the Raiders during the past few seasons. Kyle missed his teammates and playing in games and will attend Marist College to study marketing.
Congratulations and best of luck to the members of the Class of 2020.
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