Lacrosse: Springfield 8th Grade Boys Move Past Summit and Chatham for #1 Seed

Coach Brady and his surprising 14-1 Lacrosse Team Coach Brady and his surprising 14-1 Lacrosse Team Credits: Michael Dzikowski
Attackman Gavin Dzikowski makes a move around Summit Defense in Springfield's 6-2 victory Attackman Gavin Dzikowski makes a move around Summit Defense in Springfield's 6-2 victory Credits: Michael Dzikowski

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - There’s a great deal of lacrosse history being made in Springfield these days. The First Jonathan Dayton High School Lacrosse Team, the First high school lacrosse victory, the First ever Springfield Girls win and the First Play-Off appearance and number one seed by a Springfield Lacrosse Team.

But before the play offs would begin, the boys would have to go through a week which was sure to test them.  This B Team played AA Teams and traditional powers Summit and Chatham.

Looking for their first ever win against Summit - Gavin Dzikowski found Ethan Outeiro early to get the scoring started - moments later, Alex Gary would also find Ethan, who would finish with three goals on the day. Mike Kanarek would score unassisted, before the Dzikowski/Outeiro combination would connect again to make the score 4-0 Springfield. David Ares would connect with Long Stick Middie Anthony Apicella for a second half goal and Gary Mignone would finish the scoring on a beautiful pass from Apicella.   

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Coach Brady’s boys in their first year in the NJJLL (North Jersey Junior Lacrosse League) went undefeated to win their Division and earn a first round bye. The NJJLL is the only officially recognized youth lacrosse league in the State affiliated with US Lacrosse, and includes over 80 Teams from 10 counties.

The are four State Champions crowned (AAA,AA,A, and B) similar to the way high school has Group 1 through Group 4 state champions. The semifinals will played at FMG Middle School on Tuesday May 30 at 6:30 p.m. If they win, Springfield will play in the finals on Friday June 2.  Regardless, these boys, Coach Brady, and Special Assistant Andrew DeCicco have had a remarkable season improving from their first two seasons when they won just two games to 9-9 last season and now, 14-1 Division winners and earning a #1 Seed in the State Tourney.

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