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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Freedom boys move up in class

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

More success for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program will now lead to a harder climb in the East Penn Conference, as the Patriots will be moving up in the EPC this season.

After winning their division the past two seasons, the Pates will move up with the likes of Parkland, Emmaus, Central Catholic and Easton to make things more challenging.

“We are much younger than we were last year,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We were moved to a tougher division in our conference and I believe we can do well once we figure out where we need to put certain players to be successful.

“I believe we will be as good as, if not better than last year.”

Back for the Pates are Justin Kinter (Sr), Max Stevens (Sr), Jakub Szemiako (Sr) and Cameron Wohlbach (Sr). Sophomores Quinn Hoke, Marcus Krielder and Brooks Coyne also figure to have big roles after finding time last season.

“I think the plan we have been using has been successful thus far,” Fabrizio said. “Since we have a smaller team compared to most, we pride ourselves on being the most conditioned team as well as the hardest working. The amount of work and effort the boys are putting in this season so far, will ensure we keep the program growing in the right direction.”

With things being more difficult this season, Fabrizio doesn’t expect the program to take a step backward, but rather use it as a pivot toward a stronger future on and off the field.

“My goal this year, like every year, is to make sure the players come out of my program better men than they came in,” he said. “I try my best to prepare them for life. If I’ve done that, then my program will always be successful to me. I love winning games, but I want to make sure these young men are prepared for life.

“Lacrosse games end, but the lessons we teach these young men will stick with them forever.”