You can’t score if you don’t shoot.
It’s an old adage of lacrosse, basketball, hockey and soccer that seems a bit trite until your team has lost two goals with three minutes to go. In this situation, those who attack the cage aggressively, or keep their eyes open for those who cut at the net, are nothing short of gold.
This week we salute a ready and steady group of offensive Sparklpugs, but with one important exception. Where there are dangerous shooters, there will almost always be someone quick, smart, and fearless enough to deflect them.
Scroll down below to get acquainted with the NJ.com Player of the Week in the New Jersey Nine Boys Lacrosse Conferences.
BURLINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL LEAGUE
Seamus Schofield, Delran, Jr.
Schofield had just two face-offs to achieve porn perfection in three games last week, while also proving he was more than just a FOGO by scoring four goals and assisting in seven wins against Holy Cross, Rancocas Valley and Cinnaminson. The Hobart rookie was 15 of 15 in X against Holy Cross, 25 of 27 against Rancocas Valley and clear of 13 draws on Saturday against Cinnaminson. Schofield has a staggering .966 win percentage this season and has 13 goals and 18 assists.
Kevin Dougherty, Cedar Creek, Jr.
The junior was electric last week with wins over Absegami, Middle Township and Timer Creek. Dougherty started the week with seven goals and two assists against Abgesami. He then added two goals and two assists in a 9-5 win over Middle Township. The junior ended the week with another solid game as Cedar Creek beat Timber Creek, 16-12.
COLONIAL VALLEY CONFERENCE
Will Doran, Princeton, Jr.
The junior forward has sizzled all week for the Tigers with 14 goals and four assists in back-to-back wins over Hightstown, Hopewell Valley and Notre Dame. Doran’s five-goal performance on Saturday against Notre Dame helped Princeton avenge an 11-8 loss to the Irish on April 22. He scored six goals and had two assists last Tuesday against Hightstown, 6-2, and contributed three goals, two assists two days. later against Hopewell, 8-7. Doran has 38 goals and 25 assists for the Tigers 7-2 and has had no less than four points in any game.
GREAT MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE
Marzullo Wine, Vieux Pont, Sr.
Marzullo’s playmaking skills were fully showcased last week as he produced 10 goals and assisted in 12 to boost back-to-back wins over St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Joseph (Met.) And North Brunswick . He tallied four goals, four assists against St. Thomas, three goals, five assists against St. Joseph, then three and three to end the week against North Brunswick. Marzullo’s athletic versatility is evident beyond lacrosse; he was a goaltender for three years for the Knights ice hockey team.
NORTH JERSEY INTERSCHOLASTIC LACROSSE LEAGUE
Drew Togno, Lenape Valley, Sr.
Togno continued to keep his personal milestones in line with the team’s goals last week. The Hofstra-linked forward has scored 18 goals and eight assists in three games to help the sixth-seeded Patriots improve to 10-0 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Hunterdon / Warren / tournament Sussex Tuesday afternoon at Sparta, third seed. In Saturday’s first round victory over Newton, 15-2, Togno registered five goals and three assists to bring his career tally to 153 goals and 73 assists for 226 points. Against North Warren on May 8, he became the 137th player in the state to reach 200 career points.
Rei O’Brien, Cherry Hill East, Sr.
O’Brien had 12 goals and 11 assists a week ago and also had 12 balls on the ground. Cherry Hill East failed earlier in the week against Cherokee, but O’Brien had three goals and two assists. Cherry Hill East returned in their next game and claimed a victory over Camden Catholic. O’Brien had five goals and sent seven assists in this game. The senior finished the week with four goals and two assists against Cherry Hill West.
Darren Romaine, Brick Memorial, Sr.
The senior has been on a tear this year, with 37 goals and 39 assists for the Brick Memorial. Romaine kept Brick Memorial to the end in a loss to Barnegat last week, scoring three goals and sending four assists. He went on to add 11 goals and four assists in wins over Central Regional and Manalapan. Romaine’s five goals against Manalapan helped Brick Memorial to a 15-14 victory.
SOUTH JERSEY INTERSCHOLASTIC LACROSSE LEAGUE
Mike Trimble, Williamstown, Sr.
Trimble leads Williamstown with 31 assists this season and he was yet another offensive catalyst last week with wins over Kingsway, Triton and Rancocas Valley. The senior has three goals and three assists against Triton. Trimble didn’t score against Kingsway, but he had a big impact on offense with three assists in a 7-6 win. The senior finished the week with five assists in a big win over Rancocas Valley.
Nick Paterno, Bernards, Jr.
Bernards won a thwarted victory over Bridgewater-Raritan last weekend and Paterno anchored the defense with nine saves. Paterno made 23 total saves last week in wins over Bridgewater-Raritan, New Providence and Somerville. Bernards have won their last nine games and the defense has been excellent during that time.
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