Weekly Feature



2010-04-08 / Sports

East boys lax leaps into frying pan to start season

by JASON NADOLINSKI Reporter

East’s Rick Tresmond, left, works his way past a Hamburg defender during the Trojans’ 14-6 loss last Wednesday. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com East’s Rick Tresmond, left, works his way past a Hamburg defender during the Trojans’ 14-6 loss last Wednesday. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com It’s pretty hard to imagine a tougher schedule for West Seneca East’s boys lacrosse team to open its 2010 season with than the Trojans’ actual first two opponents — Section V’s Penfield and local Class B powerhouse Hamburg.

Still, despite the tough beginning to the year, coach Jim Maisano sees nothing but positives for his team moving forward.

“We have probably one of, if not the absolute toughest schedule in Western New York this year,” Maisano said. “Our league is absolutely ridiculous. But, our schedule will only help us out in the long run.”

That top-notch schedule of first-class opponents began March 27 with East playing the first-ever game on Penfield’s new turf field. The Trojans did their best to spoil Penfield’s debut, battling back from an early 5-1 deficit to briefly take the lead before eventually falling, 9-8. Things played out in a similar fashion last Wednesday against Hamburg, with the three-time defending league champion Bulldogs jumping out to a 6-1 lead. East did close to within three goals, 8-5, but Hamburg had too much firepower and went on to win by a 14-6 margin.

“We ’re definitely a real young team this year, but we do have a few returning seniors who started for us in the past who should lead the way for us,” Maisano said. “With the competition we’ve faced so far, we’ve shown real well, and I think we can only get better. If our defense catches up to our offense, well be in good shape. I definitely think we can be a contender.”

East lost just half a dozen players off last year’s squad that finished 9-9 overall, so Maisano is expecting East to certainly be in more games than it’s not this season. A big reason Maisano has that confidence is that last year’s leading scorer, senior attacker and co-captain Bryan Bader, is back for another crack at leading the Trojans to glory. Bader scored 30 goals as a junior and played for the Nike All-Buffalo Team in the New York State Shootout, a summer tournament set up to fill in for the lack of the Empire State Games.

Fellow senior co-captain Brendan Tobolski, a midfielder, scored 19 goals last season, while defenseman/ midfielder Brian Osieja will serve as the other senior co-captain. Other returning players include junior defenseman Owen Krezmien, who had 65 ground balls last season, as well as fellow juniors Mike Ramat (midfield) and Mitch Skrabacz (long stick middie). Another junior, attacker Zach Haun, transferred to East from St. Francis, while eighth grade attacker Adam DiMillo played on varsity for two games at the end of the season last year.

Juniors Colin Schrier and Dan Nguyen are currently battling for the third defenseman’s spot, while junior goalie Zach Palkowski will get the nod to start between the pipes most nights.

“These kids don’t have any quit in them,” Maisano said. “They’re learning and getting better already, which is great.”

East doesn’t play again until it hosts Niagara Wheatfield Tuesday.

“For the first time, our offense is going to be our strength,” Maisano said. “Our new assistant coach Pete Greco — his father was my college coach — has brought a lot of offensive knowledge to the team, and being a younger guy, the kids are really relating to him. They’re learning a lot from him, which will certainly help us as the season progresses.”

e-mail: jnadolinski@beenews.com

EAST BOYS LACROSSE SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Time
4-13 Niagara Wheatfield 7 p.m.
4-15 at Penn Yan 6 p.m.
4-24 Timon 7p.m.
4-27 at Williamsville East 5 p.m.
4-29 at Iroquois 5 p.m.
4-30 at Orchard Park 7 p.m.
5-4 Amherst 7:30 p.m.
5-6 at Grand Island 5 p.m.
5-11 at Sweet Home 5 p.m.
5-13 at West Seneca West 7 p.m.
5-15 Williamsville North 1 p.m.
5-17 Silver Creek 5 p.m.
5-20 at Williamsville South 7 p.m.
5-21 Lake Shore 7 p.m.

** Schedule subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. For up-to-the-minute information, visit www.wscschools.org/athletics. cfm or call the Athletics Department at 677-3141.

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