CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove High School’s first-ever lacrosse season kicked off last week.  The girls junior varsity team opened its season at Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA) on April 15, and the boys junior varsity team kicked off its season at home against Oratory Prep on April 17. 

This is the first time lacrosse has ever been offered at the school.  When Cedar Grove announced it would offer lacrosse this spring, an introductory club team was planned, but the unexpectedly high student interest resulted in junior varsity teams for boys and girls this season. 

Though there are 30 girls on the Cedar Grove roster, only a handful had ever picked up a lacrosse stick until the beginning of March.  The inexperienced team struggled against MKA, ultimately losing 11-2.  Freshmen Loren Vitali and Kristin Bresadola scored the Panthers two goals.  First-time goalie sophomore Jackie Downs had eight saves. 

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The boys’ roster, while heavy with freshmen, has more experience with almost all of the freshmen having played previously.  They battled their way to a 7-4 victory over Oratory Prep.  Junior Gerard Castellano scored the first goal early in the first period and freshman Alex LoPresti quickly followed his lead.  Junior Joe DiBari scored in second period, but by the end of the first half Oratory had tied it up 4-4.  Cedar Grove went on attack in the fourth period with another goal by LoPresti and DiBari and one from Senior Nick Santorelli.  Freshman Andrew Candino had 16 saves in goal. 

The young lacrosse program is back in action this week.  The girls play Passaic County Vocational at Panther Park on Friday at 4 p.m. and the boys are at Verona on Friday at 4 p.m.