CEDAR GROVE, NJ - No question, it's been a rough start for Cedar Grove Boys Lacrosse as they've dropped their first two contests in their inaugural season. Inexperience and injuries have taken a toll, but the Panthers look to earn their first win when they host Pompton Lakes on Tuesday.
The Panthers battled hard in a close contest on Thursday at Dwight Englewood School, falling 10-7. Jordan Amati scored the first varsity goal in CGHS boys lacrosse history.
On Saturday the young team struggled against a vastly more experienced Newark Academy -- falling 16-5. However the score was not reflective of the Panthers effort as they continued battling and scoring even in the final minutes of the game. Coach David Bucchino praised the team for not giving up, despite the tough competition.
"We know that as a first year varsity program, we are going to experience some growing pains. We have some exciting young talent and key returners that have been leading by example such as Joey Moreno and Alex Lopresti," Bucchino said. "Our goaltender, Andrew Candino, has been making some key saves in both contests. We've been trying to mesh together with our defensive and offensive sets, which is all a learning process. We just need to take it one game at a time and keep a competitive mindset throughout the season and our consistent theme - never quit."
Cedar Grove hosts Pompton Lakes on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
All photos by Joe Amati.