The Warrior

Boys’ Lax Team Looks to Improve on Last Year’s County Runner-up Finish

John King, Sports Editor

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The Warriors lost in the Nassau County Class C Championship last year, 10-9, in the final minute against Cold Spring Harbor. Many starters return and still have that loss on their minds — such as Kyle Craig, Will DiMatteo, Nick Teresky, Tom Von Bargen, Anthony DiMatteo and Ethan Insinga. Coach James Polo is taking over the head coaching job after Coach John Ciffo retired. Cuiffo coached the Warriors to a state title in 2001 then left his coaching position after becoming athletic director. He returned to coach lacrosse in 2013 but ended his long, storied career after last season.  

Polo, also the girls’ head soccer coach, looks to lead the team one step further than they got last year. Team captains are Kyle Craig, Will DiMatteo, and Andrew Hughes

Craig was awarded the number 22 at the annual “22 dinner” in honor of Scott DeVerna, a Wantagh lacrosse player who wore the number and died tragically in 1999. Craig is looked upon as a great leader and captain to his teammates.

The boys battled to a 14-9 non-conference opening loss March 19 to Smithtown West, a perennial Suffolk County title contender in Class A. “This team has been getting after it all offseason and everyone just wants to get on the field and make another run at it,” said the team’s leading point scorer a year ago, Nick Teresky. The Warriors biggest game this season is when they will travel to Cold Spring Harbor on April 29 as it looks for redemption.

As of  now, six Warriors are committed to college for lacrosse including Junior, Nick Teresky, Rutgers, Junior, Ethan Insignia, Binghamton, Senior, Kyle Craig, Franklin and Marshall college, junior, Anthony Dimatteo, Hofstra and Senior, Patrick mcClancy and Junior, Thomas Von Bargen both to LIU Post.

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Boys’ Lax Team Looks to Improve on Last Year’s County Runner-up Finish