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


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.


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.


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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Boys Lacrosse Wins State Title

First time for Kennedy Catholic Men’s lacrosse to win the CHSAA City & State title in Lacrosse.

Under the leadership of Coach Nick Savastano & Coach Vin Savastano the Varsity men’s lacrosse team beat Monsignor Farrell on their home field with a 2.9 goal by Senior Captain #14 Gerard Martirano to win the City title, 8-7, and bringing the state championship title game back to our home field against Saint Mary’s of Manhasset. The Mighty Gaels won the state title with a 15-1 win. Our Gaels came out winners all around, Our Senior Captain #14 Gerard Martirano won CHSAA Midfielder of the year and All- League along with brother and co-captain #7 Will Martirano who also won All-League. Our three other captains #2 Ryan Podlovits, #27 Tucker Clair and #4 Brian Devey won All-League along with attack #36 Alex Souza. As everyone knows you can’t win games without defense – our three defenders #1 Al Cantarella, #13 Nico Quartironi, & #23 Brennan Melchiori all won All-League 2nd Team.We also have an up and coming freshman midfielder #11 Henry Flocco who won All-League Honorable Mention. Although we have 6 seniors leaving our team we believe we still have a strong team and look forward to competing in the Spring of 2016.
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Boys Lax Wins over Saint Mary’s of Long Island

Congratulations to the boys lacrosse team who beat Saint Mary’s 16-6 on Saturday. Check out their Tweets after the game for highlights. Below you will find a short highlight video by senior Tevan Costoso (’15). The Gaels play again today at Iona Prep. Details on our Athletic Calendar.



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Boys Lacrosse Gets Off To A 3-0 Start

The Kennedy boys lacrosse team has gotten off to a 3-0 start with 3 additional scrimmage wins. Led by seniors William and Gerard Martarano and University of Tampa, Florida committed, Ryan Podlovits. We are proud of the boys and excited about their success. To see a full list of their games, please visit our website calendar or subscribe to their specific calendar here. Below you will find a few of their current accomplishments. Follow them on Twitter @KennedyLacrosse.


View a large gallery of images of the Kennedy boys lacrosse team by clicking the image below.