CEDAR GROVE, NJ - A dominant all around effort has given the Cedar Grove Boys Lacrosse Team their second win in a row and their first winning streak of the season after a 13-5 victory over Hawthorne on Wednesday night.
“It feels great, I think we just needed this tonight. Under the lights it’s kind of a camaraderie of it and the whole scene…we’re not content…I think we need to come with this intensity every single game and we can do well,” said Cedar Grove Head Coach David Bucchino.
The Panthers were impressive from the start of the game utilizing an attack that has seemed to find its stride in recent games. Alex Lopresti collected three first half points off of two goals and an assist to help lead Cedar Grove to a 5-2 half time lead. Lopresti would finish the game with an impressive seven points by way of five goals and two assists. He now has 19 goals for the season in just six games.
“I’m just getting comfortable with my teammates. They know me, I’m getting to know them a lot better so it’s all coming together right now,” said Alex Lopresti.
The Cedar Grove defense was also exceptional spearheaded by goaltender Andrew Candino who makes defensive slide calls from the cage. Candino collected 13 saves for the game including six in the first half that crushed the Bears confidence. His defensive unit, which is led by Joe Moreno pounced on any loose balls limiting second chance opportunities for Hawthorne. The Panthers proceeded to outwork Hawthorne to the tune of 35 to 25 groundballs won.
“I’m extremely happy with their performance tonight,” said Bucchino.
Entering the second half the Panthers would look to additional scorers of Nick Lopresti and Jordan Amati to put the Bears into hibernation. The duo combined for seven second half points and were in on all but one of the teams seven second half goals.
“I think our attack line is really starting to mesh well together,” said Bucchino.
For Cedar Grove their offense is on fire lately having produced 36 goals in their last four games. Having a plethora of scorers will undoubtedly help them moving forward in the tough Super Essex Conference.
“A lot of stuff is [working] we were finally clicking on offense and I think it’s finally getting put together,” said Alex Lopresti.
Cedar Grove will take this two game winning streak as it improves them back to .500 on the year with three wins and three losses. They will head to take on rival Verona on Saturday looking to make it three in a row and collect bragging rights.
“We have to keep the mentality, we have to consistently work hard…they have to make the choice to work hard. Success isn’t measured on the scoreboard they just have to bust it and get after it,” said Bucchino.