2010-04-29 / Sports

Vikings lacrosse team looking to finish strong

GMC tourney starts May 8
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent
The South Brunswick High School boys lacrosse team is looking to end its regular season with a strong finish to prepare for the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) Tournament, which is set to begin May 8.

South Brunswick High School’s Jenna Bussiere puts a shot on goal during the Vikings’ April 24 game against South Plainfield High School. The Vikings dominated South Plainfield in this home game, 19-3. ERIC SUCAR staff South Brunswick High School’s Jenna Bussiere puts a shot on goal during the Vikings’ April 24 game against South Plainfield High School. The Vikings dominated South Plainfield in this home game, 19-3. ERIC SUCAR staff Coach Mark Ziminski’s Vikings have been playing well in compiling an 8-2 mark, good for second place in the GMC behind St. Joseph High School of Metuchen. However, South Brunswick is coming off a 12-4 loss against the Peddie School on Saturday.

The Vikings opened the campaign with a pair of victories against Old Bridge and East Brunswick before falling to St. Joe’s, 18-4. Then South Brunswick reeled off six straight wins, and Ziminski’s team looked especially good in the last three of those victories.

The Vikings battered Edison, 19-2, as Jon Foss and Riley Klieber netted four goals apiece; then South Brunswick upended Northern Burlington, 10-5, with Brian Foley scoring four goals to lead the way, before defeating Toms River East, 18-7, as Taylor Denno tallied eight goals.

One of the keys to Ziminski’s success is a deep, talented bench. Twenty-eight players comprise the varsity roster, and most of them see playing time.

“We move a lot of players in and out of the lineup, particularly early in the game, because that gets more guys involved,” the coach said. “Forty-eight minutes is a long game, and it can wear players down. So we try and keep our players fresh, and that also fosters team unity. That’s even more important when you’re regularly playing at least three games a week like we do.”

South Brunswick also boasts a strong contingent of seniors, led by captains Alex Reinfeldt and Foss. Reinfeldt has done a stellar job in goal, a position he shares with junior Ken Kennan, while Foss, who has been dominant on face-offs, has scored six goals from his mid-field post.

The other seniors include Denno, who leads the team with 28 goals to go along with nine assists; Foley, also an attackman, is right behind with 24 goals and a team-leading 11 assists. Christian Baros, who comes off the bench, has nine goals to his credit.

Zach Fingerhut, Josh Bagley and Ben Mulvey have all played well on defense. Fingerhut also contribute to the offense, as evidenced by his 12 goals and three assists, and he is solid on the off-wing for face-offs. Bagley is a steady positional defender, while Mulvey has been quietly effective as a shortstick defenseman.

Ziminski has plenty of additional offense as well, with juniors Matt Peterson and Klieber, a lefty, posting nine tallies each; and sophomores Dominic Violinte and Matt Paradowski, another lefty, have scored 12 and six goals, respectively. Junior defender Carlos Roman has eight goals to his credit. Forwards Matt Gobel, Joey Pietresa and Colin Quigley provide additional depth. In all, South Brunswick has scored 111 goals.

Although the Vikings have plenty of firepower, the defense has been strong too. Reinfeldt and Kennan have split time, allowing just 54 goals in 10 games. Fingerhut, Bagley, Mulvey, Roman, junior Justin Berger and sophomores Alex Lorber and Bryan Stonkus have been effective in front of the netminders.

Juniors Nick Cibattone, Ryan Fraass, Anthony Guerrino and Marty Halmi, sophomoresAnthony Cipriano, Kabir Golphin and Dan Gorzynski, and freshman Sean Sterner have been strong in the middle, Ziminski said.

“We have played very well in the early part of most of our games, and that’s a great indication that our guys come prepared,” the coach said.

South Brunswick was set to visit Robbinsville on Monday and was scheduled to host Rancocas Valley yesterday afternoon. On Monday, the Vikings head to Hunterdon Central before returning home on May 5 to host Monroe for a senior night contest, which starts at 7 p.m. in the football stadium.

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