NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Sparta boys lacrosse needed a big game after a tough loss in their first game against Chatham. The first win can be hard to get and Sparta needed to work hard to get theirs. A strong showing from Stelios Kroudis, who had five goals including the overtime winner, led the Spartans to victory over West Essex, 12-11.
Russell Eberding won 19 of his 25 face-offs for a 76 percent success rate. Sparta had a total of 26 face-off wins and 23 shots on goal.
Jack Valentine had three Spartan goals. Going into halftime tied with West Essex Sparta had a strong third quarter. Whatever coach Tyler Meth said to the team at halftime worked as the Spartans scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter. West Essex had a strong fourth quarter to bring the game to a tie, forcing overtime.
Goalie Matt Dumbdoff had four saves as the Spartans defense stifled West Essex' forwards.
Jake Evangelista led West Essex with three goals and an assist while Zack Kearney and Patrick Delehanty had two goals and an assist each.
Sparta improves to 1-1. They are back in action on Thursday at home against West Morris.