CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove boys lacrosse team has won two games in a row after a 10-3 thrashing of West Orange on Thursday.
“It feels good, this is the momentum that we need,” said Head Coach David Bucchino.
The two teams were tied at one in the first quarter when Cedar Grove kicked it into gear. The Panthers found their offensive rhythm scoring nine of the next 11 goals for the game to avenge a county loss from last season to West Orange.
“I think the team just picked each other up and said ‘we want to win’,” said Bucchino.
Cedar Grove received a superb effort from attacker Joe Amati, who collected a goal and four assists in the victory over West Orange. For Amati, he now leads the team in points with nine.
“For me it started a little slow, but as a team mainly we’re looking good and it’s nice to get that five points [today] but we’re looking towards the whole team contributing,” said Joe Amati.
Amati’s words were echoed by the squad’s performance on Thursday as six different scorers collected goals in the contest. Additionally, the Panthers received a multi-goal scoring effort from three separate scorers in Alex Lopresti, Jordan Amati and Nick Lopresti.
“I feel like we’re starting to bring it together. We’re clearing the ball well, the defense is working hard on D, and the offense is starting to move the ball well and everyone is scoring. You really saw it today - the points were spread across the board,” said Amati.
For the Panthers the victory symbolizes a solid adjustment from an opening day disaster at the hands of Pequannock. The squad rebounded with two straight victories outscoring their counterparts 14-4 in the process.
“We just started to look at how we played the first game, see what we did wrong there and try to work hard in practice [to correct them],” said Amati.
The Cedar Grove squad improves to 2-1 on the season with this victory and is now riding a two-game winning streak. The group will look to continue their solid play with a matchup against 0-1 Nutley on Saturday.
“We’ve got to take it one game at a time. I think we’re that kind of team that has to take it one practice at a time, one game at a time and don’t let up for a second. Bucchino said. “I think you have to be humble if you win, be humble if you lose and I just think we can’t settle. We’re not exactly where we want to be, but we’re going to get there.”
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