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  • KRHS lacrosse captains, from left: Parker Lobban, senior; Joe Lobb, junior; Shawn Davis,senior

By Josh Lashley

More often than not it’s likely that there’s a sense of optimism amongst coaches, fans and high school student-athletes alike heading into any given regular season.

But as just about any sports fanatic knows all too well, unforeseen obstacles can pop up at any time and turn that optimism into a defeatist attitude, which typically sends a team into a downward spiral.

The Kittatinny High school boy’s lacrosse program, similar to other teams, suffered some setbacks this spring. But unlike some other squad’s who let those setbacks ruin their goals and positive outlook, the Cougars remained motivated and they are competing at a strong and confident level at this point.

There’s no doubt that it’s a primary job of the coaches to pick up their players when they are feeling doubtful-and a good set of team captains can handle that responsibility as well.

This year, the Cougars benefit not only from a coaching staff that provides encouragement, but also from a trio of captains-Shawn Davis (senior), Parker Lobban (senior) and Joe Lobb (junior)-who do so as well.

“The captains are chosen for their leadership, lacrosse IQ and ability on and off the field,’’ Kittatinny head coach Spencer Willard said. “Our motto is ‘family’ and the players help each other to improve as a student, athlete and person every day.’’

Lobb was among the student-athletes who unfortunately was injured this season.

“Lobb tore his ACL in the Lenape Valley game and is out eight to nine months,’’ Willard said. “Luke Lockburner broke his toe half way in the season. Ryan Sealander is out for the season with a knee injury and freshman Nolan Waldron has a broken hand. Despite these injuries the team has stuck together.’’

Coach Willard mentioned some of the noteworthy stats accumulated on the field in games played through May 8.

“Joe Rosa has 25 goals so far this year, followed by Cody Romano with 17 and Matt Fetherman with 12,’’ Willard said. “Romano and Kevin Murphy each have 12 assists. Mike Campanella has 42 ground balls to lead our team in ground Balls. Hunter Gallo has 153 saves.’’

Through 13 games, Kittatinny had an overall record of 7-6 and they were 4-4 in the always challenging NJILL Pooley Division.

“Long stick midfielders Mike Campanella, Tim Knutelsky and Derek Michelman have contributed greatly as defensive wingmen on the face offs,’’ Willard said. “Close defensemen Justin Voss, Lobban and Mike Callahan are the strength of the program. Blake Dippel and Cody Romano have controlled the face offs. Freshman Austin Seames has come up big on the midfield as has sophomore Ryan Pollison and Chris Pollison. Anthony Cagno has been a great help as both an attackman and middie.’’

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