Coach says captains were key to strong lacrosse season

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By Josh Lashley

— All of the strong characteristics possessed by the Delaware Valley High School boy’s lacrosse program were on full display this spring. This includes, but is certainly not limited to confidence, great teamwork and most importantly resilience.

The Warriors posted an impressive overall record of 18-3, with a 12-0 mark in the Wyoming Valley Lacrosse League. Delaware Valley also once again won the District II Tournament. Solid and steady leadership was a key for the Warriors.

“Our captains Jesse Feiss, Tristan Earle and Connor Lamberton did an incredible job all season leading this team,” Delaware Valley head coach Jeff Krasulski said. “Jesse was our vocal leader, he expressed a positive message all season and helped instill the never quit philosophy for our tight games. Our captains were a major reason for our team chemistry. They had a team first attitude and modeled that for their teammates.

“Our team experienced a tragedy this season, our Booster Club President and father of three of our players (John J. Roche) passed away during the season," Krasulski said. "Our captains showed that they were leaders on the field and in real life situations as they mentored the team and helped through teammates through the most difficult time in their life.”

The Warriors were obviously quite effective on the field this spring as was evidenced in some of the most memorable games of the season.

“The most impressive win for us this year was a 10-7 win over Vernon, New Jersey,” said Krasulski. “This was our first win over Vernon in seven seasons and it meant a lot to our players and coaches. Vernon is a non-conference game that we use as a measuring stick to see where we are and what we need to do to improve on the season.

“Another standout, although was a loss, was to Minisink, New York, 11-10. Minisink is one of the top teams in Section 9 New York and we came back and fought the entire game, but their offense was just able to make one more play then we were able to that day.”

Krasulski mentioned several student-athletes who showed constant improvement throughout the season.

“Jed Daniel, we knew was going to be a good face off man,” Krasulski said. “By the end of the season he was a dominating force at the face off position. Jed continued to win face offs in huge games including in our State Playoff loss to Lewisburg and against Pine Bush New York, Pine Bush's face off man is committed to play at Hobart. Angelo Matz, Tadhg Dowd and Adam Covert all play the defensive middie role for our team. They formed to be an outstanding trio of defensive middies for us.

“Connor Van Wie, Jesse Feiss, Scott Brown and Tyler Kutchma all stepped into starting roles for us this season as we graduated all our long poles (position players). They did a great job with our defensive middies and goalie to allow less than four goals a game defensively. Nick Pampalone, a sophomore attack, led the team in scoring with 63 goals and added 42 assists. Tristan Earle, senior attack, had 55 goals and 57 assists and becomes the first member of the 100/100 club at DV with over 100 total goals and assists in his career. Erik Lindaas, a junior attack, had 59 goals and 33 assists on the season. Our senior goalie Connor Lamberton had a 68 percent save percentage on the year.”

All things point to a very productive spring of 2015 for the Warriors.

“We have a lot of experience coming back,” Krasulski said. “We lose nine excellent seniors, four of which were starters, but we like the talent and youth we have returning. Pampalone and Lindaas are excellent goal scorers and can set up their teammates, Jed Daniel returns at face off. We are really excited for Neil Roche at goal replacing Connor Lamberton, a two year starter. We feel we will still have an advantage at our goalie position with Neil. Every season has been the best season of lacrosse and I am sure our team will rise to the occasion and compete for another championship.”

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