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CHSAA Boys Lacrosse Preview: Stepinac

Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by NYPost.com
 

CHSAA boys lacrosse preview

Stepinac took its lumps as a ‘AA’ team last year going 0-19 and returned to the ‘A’ under the direction of first-year coach James Goldman, who was an assistant last year.

“There is no one who is going to show us anything we haven’t seen,” Goldman said. “When you play a Chaminade and St. Anthony’s team where seniors are committed D-I, you are not going to see that in the 'A' league. But don’t get me wrong, we are fighting for our spots just like everybody else.”

The Crusaders return 12 players from that team including three-year starter at midfield Nick Shaw, a super athlete who can do a little of everything. Junior midfielder Andrew Murray is expected to be the team’s top goal scoring threat and Spencer O’Toole is Stepinac’s best feeder. Dom Vallario will also see time at attack.

“He’s got a cannon for a shot,” Goldman said of Murray. “We are expecting a lot of goals from him.”

Stepinac is expected to have a versatile defense, including returning goalie Bob DiNapoli. Senior Angelo Narcise is a physical defender and Michael Rooney is the team’s top take-away guy.

“He’s just a heavy hitter,” Goldman said of Narcise. “If a kid goes across the middle he is going to pay for it with him.”

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