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Boys Lacrosse Preview: Verona Plans to Build on Past Success

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VERONA, NJ - Verona looks to improve on last year's 10-9 record as head coach Matt Diglio enters his second season with the program.  

Last year the Hillbillies started off strong, but struggled toward the end of the season due to injuries and tough competition.  They fell in the second round of the state tournament, but pulled off the team's first playoff win in the state tournament since 2011.

Diglio is looking to build on that momentum this spring.

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"The Verona Boy’s Lacrosse program is chomping at the bit to begin the 2017 campaign," Diglio said.  "We are always working to build on past success to meet our future goals."

Diglio noted the loss of a few  seniors, specifically Brian Valentine and Carter Kenny, but is confident in the core group of returners and his senior leadership -- namely captains Michael Stanisci, Christopher Aldiero, Andrew Gagliostro and Jack Farrell.

"While losing a few high-impact seniors to graduation, the Hillbillies return a very dynamic core group with lots of senior leadership," Diglio stated.  "We are hoping to lean on the senior leadership while mixing in new young talent from our Sophomore/Freshman classes."  

Other familiar faces to watch are: senior attack Douglas Spardel, sophomore defender Matthew Aldiero, senior midfielder/attack Chuck Cerle, and junior midfielder/attack Matt Didia.

Verona will kick off its 2017 season on March 29 when it hosts Newark Academy at 4 p.m.

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