VERONA, NJ - A dominant effort in their home opener gave the Verona Boys Lacrosse Team the first win of the season after a 12-0 rout of Newark East Side on Saturday.
“It’s a statement to the hard work they’ve put in. They actually ran the system we put in…they really worked the ball around, they followed the system [and] played as a team today,” said Verona Head Coach Matt Diglio.
For the Hillbillies this was an extra special victory as it was their first time playing on the new turf field recently installed. The players were able to christen the new location with a 12-goal output.
“It was nice because the kids have worked so hard over the last three years traveling to different fields so it’s nice to actually have a home field now,” said Diglio.
Eric Stoloff who scored the games first and decisive goal led Verona offensively. Stoloff’s first of three goals for the game came with 10:47 to go in the first quarter setting the tone for the contest. The senior added an assist later in the contest to cap off his tremendous effort.
“This was his opening day so it’s always nice to see him gel and get going early,” said Diglio.
While Stoloff collected the first goal of the half five others would join in on the fun for Verona on the attack. Devon Jacobson, Jake McConnachie, Chris Sabo, Brendan Erwin and Jarrod Keating combined with Stoloff to send Verona on to an insurmountable 7-0 first quarter lead.
“I think we were just moving the ball around and getting open looks everywhere,” said Eric Stoloff.
The dominance for Verona continued in the second quarter as the team added three more goals to take a 10-0 halftime lead. Jarrod Keating put two more in the back of the net in the second to give him a hat trick for the afternoon. The sophomore now has six points on the young season.
“He brings a lot, he’s showing a lot of leadership on the field right now directing people around and I expect big things from him this year,” said Diglio.
The Hillbillies shutout victory improves the team to 1-1 on the season as they look to continue to grow. The team will look to continue to remain undefeated on their new field as they host Nutley on Tuesday who have had a week to prepare after their season opener was rained out earlier this week.
“We have just got to continue working with the system that we’ve installed here and working with each other. The sky is the limit for this team, but it’s all about working together as a unit,” said Diglio.