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Boys lacrosse looks to continue their winning ways: by Nico Quartironi ’17

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Team Captains – The Seniors – 2016 Lax

Spring has officially arrived bringing nice weather, wearing of school polos and most importantly, the start of another promising season for the Kennedy Catholic Men’s Lacrosse Team. Despite having lost “the core four” group of talented seniors, who led last year’s team to an outstanding and extremely thrilling New York Class A State Championship Title, this year’s team is looking to step up and follow in the footsteps of the 2015 team.

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Number 14 carries the ball down field looking to pass.

“Buy into the package.” A phrase often spoken by the one of the team’s head coaches Vin Savastano, might be a major key for unlocking success in these upcoming months. The essential aspect of victory is pulling everyone’s individual strengths together to create an unstoppable army. Lacrosse is a sport defined by teamwork and cooperation. This allows for great plays to be executed —whether it be a save by the goalie which is then dumped off to a freshman midfielder who then passes it to a senior captain for a goal, which is what exactly occurred during the final 2.9 seconds of last year’s City Championship match, or whether it be a simple communication on defense to shut down the opposing team. This year’s team  has already seen great improvements, including cohesiveness and a strong, “family-like” bond which will only mature further as the season progresses.

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Defensiveman, number 1, looks to pass the ball downfield.

This season, there are some major match-ups that stand out to our team. Archbishop Stepinac has been a constant rival of Kennedy, each and every year, and after an electrifying victory on our home turf last season, the clash between the teams is intense. Another opponent that the entire Kennedy community is sure to anticipate is St. Mary’s of Long Island. Last time the boys played this team was when they defeated them 15-1 in the epic State Championship Game last year. However the zenith of the season, quite possibly the most crucial game of the fifteen game schedule, will be Saturday April 30th, when Kennedy’s army takes on their archenemy and most significant adversary, Monsignor Farrell of Staten Island. The battlefront of the contending teams will be played on the KCHS home turf and will be a critical factor for the forthcoming postseason. It will also act as a benchmark to determine the level of growth, skill, and teamwork which the team has developed each and every day of the season. A win against Farrell will put the Kennedy team on track for yet another championship title.

Number 36 looks to score on the opposing team

With the leadership of captains Alex Souza (Attack), Al Cantarella (Defense), Brian Devey (Goalie), and Nico Quartironi (Defense) combined with the supervision and coaching of the Savastano brothers and assistant James Wilson, each player is sure to work hard as a powerful, unified team. Another promising season looks upon the Kennedy Catholic Lacrosse Team, a season that will hopefully end with the raising of another State Championship plaque.

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