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OP Lax Off to a Strong Start

Mark Miyashiro, Staff Writer

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Considering last year’s start to the season (0-4 in the first four games), anything seemed to be an improvement for this senior-heavy lacrosse team. What no one predicted was the way these boys came out. They came out firing in their first two games and losing closely the following two.

West Orange 3/27

This was their opening day. All returning players were itching to get onto the field, but so were their opponents. However, West Orange couldn’t match the energy. Oratory jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first half, finishing the game with a score of 12-3. Freshman Matt Garibaldi scored his first goal, while Matt Falcone and Brian Windisch both finished with a total of 5 points.

Governor Livingston 4/1

Their second game was an away game with a very tough rival. Last year, this OP team beat Governor Livingston in the last seconds of overtime, but they knew that wasn’t going to happen this year. After a close first quarter (score tied at 1), Oratory shut out their opponents in the second quarter and scored four goals along with it, making the halftime score 5-1. From there the boys won the third quarter 4-1, pushing them ahead even further when entering the fourth quarter. They won the game 10-3 improving to 2-0 on the season and feeling a tremendous improvement. Brian Windisch and Joel Pascuzzi each had a hat trick while Mark Miyashiro added two. Anthony Silvestri also had four assists.

Newark Academy 4/4

After practicing for one day before their next game, they all knew it was going to be tough. Newark Academy was their first real challenge. Newark Academy held the lead for most of the game but the boys never gave up. The halftime score was 5-3 with the Rams losing and the final score was 11-7. With their defeat coming mainly in transition, the boys knew where they had to improve for their game against county rival Cranford.

Cranford 4/9

Originally, this week was supposed to be a three-game week but after weather conditions worsened on Thursday, the game against Livingston was postponed. That didn’t matter though. They wanted to play Cranford. For the past two years, Cranford has blown out Oratory and disrespected them at Oratory and at their field. Not this year though. The boys wanted this one. The first half ended with a score of 3-3, showing how tight of a game it was. The third quarter, however, was not as good for the Rams. Cranford went up by three goals in the third quarter, making the score entering the fourth quarter 7-4. Cranford wasn’t ready for what happened next. Oratory scored four straight goals in order to take the lead 8-7. Cranford sadly tied the game and then won it with 16.7 seconds left in regulation. This loss didn’t hit the boys hard though. They all knew they would see Cranford in counties and would crush them there.
Overall, this season so far has seen a major improvement from last year’s team and the future is looking bright for the Rams as they head into this week with one game on their schedule, Thursday against Nutley.

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