Highlanders have the leadership to go far

Lacrosse team goal is consistency


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  • The West Milford Varsity lacrosse team has had lots to celebrate so far this season.





By Josh Lashley
It’s possible for a sports program to have all the talent on the roster that is needed-and then some-and still not reach its true potential. One of the biggest reasons why such a scenario occurs is because of a lack of leadership qualities held by veterans on the team.

Leadership is something that is most certainly not lacking for the West Milford High School boy’s lacrosse squad this spring. The Highlanders are rife with student-athletes who are members of the class of 2014 who are positive role models for the entire team.

“My seniors have now been with the program for four years, this being the third year varsity, they know what to expect,” West Milford head coach Gary Stoll said. “I'm hoping they lead by example more than anything else, through their hard work and dedication both on and off the field.”

Those seniors include Kyle Butera (midfield), TJ Dionisio (defense), Zach Haid (attack) and Dylan Walko (defense). Top returning juniors for the Highlanders include Corey Curran (attack), Robert Wolfe (defense), Noah Provenzano (midfield), Eric Rudden (goalie) and Nick Dionisio (midfield).

Stoll listed those who are among the promising newcomers to the varsity roster as Jared Calise (junior, midfield), Austin Hopler (junior, midfield), Mark Hendry (junior, midfield), David Volpe (junior, defense), Erik Ostlund (junior, midfield), Anthony Pellegrino (sophomore, attack), Dylan Pirro (sophomore, attack), Steve White (sophomore, midfield), Kevin Gadomski (sophomore, midfield) and Kyle Little (freshman, goalie).

“We have several team goals this year but the main one has to be consistency. Last year was very up and down. If we want to be a great program, we can't have that,” Stoll said. ”I feel we are absolutely a contender within our division, however there are several tough opponents out there. I feel the teams to beat within our division this year are Boonton, Kittatinny, Jefferson and Newton. (We are) looking forward to a great season, the boys have been working very hard all year for this and I'm hoping this is the season that it all comes together.”

In 2013, West Milford finished with an overall record of 9-9. Through five games this season, they already have a record of 4-1

The Highlanders have a home game scheduled against Newton on Tuesday, April 22.

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