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Monday, October 21, 2019

Hurricanes aim for improvement this year

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

Liberty’s boys lacrosse is looking for improvement as new head coach Joe Fortunato enters his first season in charge of the program.

Fortunato will have his work cut out, as the Hurricanes finished 2-14 last season and have struggled to find their footing every season in the East Penn Conference.

Still, Fortunato remains positive that the program can take steps this spring.

“We have a bunch of returning seniors and juniors that are eager to get the program facing into a new direction,” Fortunato said.

Liberty’s team will rely on a heavy contingent of upperclassmen including Joe Alvarado senior, defense; Casey Brong senior, defense; Miles Hottenstein senior, defense; Paul Jensen senior, attack; Blake Nevitt senior, attack; Austin Rutkowski senior, midfield; Grant Smith, senior, attack; Charley Szymanski senior, goalie and Chris VanSpanje senior, LSM.

On top of the veteran players Liberty has, Fortunato expects to have a large contingent of underclassmen in the fold this season as well.

“With that we also have an entire class of freshmen and returning sophomores that are hungry to usher in a new era of Liberty lacrosse,” Fortunato said. “With our returning and new players we are hoping to gain some confidence in the league this year and possibly turn some heads in the process.”