VERONA,NJ- The Verona Boys Lacrosse Team broke a two game losing streak in a big way with a 19-7 victory over West Orange on the teams ‘Senior Night’ on Monday evening.
“I’m so happy for these kids, they deserve it. They work all year, it’s their last season it’s their last hoorah before they’re gone so I’m just happy for them,” said Verona Head Coach Matt Diglio.
Verona made their key scoring push to take the momentum late in the second quarter thanks to senior scorer Jack Farrell. Farrell tallied three of his four goals during the second quarter to send Verona into the midway point up 6-2 over a West Orange team that was previously gaining confidence.
“We started off a little slow and I said ‘we’ve got to keep going’ and I thought that if I put up a few goals in the back of the net we’d have a little momentum and we’d keep rallying,” said Farrell.
Farrell’s goals sparked the Hillbillies onward as fellow senior Eric Stoloff and a few others joined the scoring party to produce an eight goal third quarter. Stoloff’s three goals were the high for the quarter as Farrell, Jarrod Keating and Patrick Yeates all added goals of their own to put the game well out of reach at 14-4 Verona after three.
“[We were] continuing to make the right pass, make the right decision [and] be smart with the ball,” said Diglio.
For Eric Stoloff the three goals in the third quarter gave him 12 for the season as he leaves the program with a lasting mark. Running mostly as a facilitator Stoloff has been exceptional producing nearly equal the amount of assists as he has goals this year.
“He had a great season last year and he put a lot of time in the offseason and got better at his craft and I think he’s finally got comfortable,” said Diglio.
To round out a superb senior night which saw Verona avenge a loss from last season goaltender Andrew Gagliostro was able to show off his tremendous skill from the cage. Gagliostro in what were tough conditions to defend with wet weather managed to collect nearly 20 saves against a fairly efficient West Orange offense to send the crowd home happy.
Verona’s victory improves the team to 4-4 on the season as they look to make a run with the Essex County Tournament a few short days away.
“[They] have to continue coming in and working hard. We have a County game on Thursday and we just want to work hard this week for the rest of our practices and come away with a win,” said Diglio.