Pates have high hopes
Expectations are high for Freedom’s boys lacrosse team coming off an EPC West divisional title a year ago.
The Pates bring back a talented group from last year’s 11-8 season, which ended in the District 11 3A quarterfinals to eventual champion Parkland.
Head coach Tony Fabrizio enters his third season leading the program and is confident this year’s group can keep rolling this spring.
“This group of seniors is the first group to compete as a varsity program their entire high school tenure,” Fabrizio said. “They have taken this program from a below .500 team their freshmen year to consecutive district playoffs, and a divisional championship.”
Leading the charge for the Pates will be Josh Benak- SR-Attack, Max Stevens-JR- FO/Midfield, Colin Harms-SR-Midfield, Alex Montoya-SR-LSM, Anthony Yannuzzi-SR-Defense, Jakub Szemakio-JR-Goalie and Justin Kinter-JR-Attack.
New players looking to impact will be freshmen Markus Kreidler, Quin Hoke and Brooks Coyne.
Freedom has started the spring 1-1 with a loss to perennial power Easton 16-8 and topping Northampton 21-3.
The Pates will get to see if they can compete with the upper tier of the EPC this week when they squared off against Emmaus on Tuesday [past Press deadlines] and battle Central Catholic on Saturday.
“I think this year we will turn some heads on offense,” Fabrizio said. “We return our leading point getter from last season with Colin Harms (84 points), but we have a few other guys who can put the ball in the back of the net. Defensively, we’ll see some new faces and some freshmen and new players to the game getting major playing time. Our defense has been looking great in the preseason, and I’m looking to see that carry over into the regular season.
“Our goals this season are like the last, I’d like to win another divisional championship, and make it to the league and district playoffs, and see if we can make a run in either.”