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Pates eye playoffs

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Peter Car in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ lacrosse program is coming off an historic season and the Patriots look to repeat history this spring.

After winning 10 games last year, qualifying for the postseason and garnering the program’s first district playoff win, Freedom is hoping to build off that momentum.

“The outlook for this season looks very bright for us,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We have a very good chance to win the EPC East Divisional Championship, but we know it won’t be handed to us. If we continue to work hard day in and day out, I believe it is an achievable goal this season. We have the talent and have had the work ethic thus far, so I’m excited to see what this team can do come game time.”

Freedom’s key players this season are Sr. Jamal Williamson, Jr. Colin Harms, So. Max Stevens, Jr. Josh Benak, and So. Justin Kinter. Other returning offensive players are SR. Andy Conzola and Jr. Evan Donello.

Defensively the Pates bring back Sr. Brady Hornbaker and Sr. Ryan Bevan, as well as Juniors Alex Montoya and Anthony Yannuzzi.

Sophomore goalie Jakub Szemiako is also someone on Fabrizio’s radar.

“My goal for this season and every season is to make sure these players come out of the program being better young men than when they came in,” Fabrizio said. “I think this season will include a lot of life lessons. We’ve already had a chance, as coaches, to lay out some of these lessons to our players. We also would like to be involved with our youth program at BTAA. This is something that we as a program have done before. This includes clinics, assisting with practices and also running our annual Lax Day on April 29th, which has all of the BTAA lacrosse teams playing at Freedom.”