Season Preview: Boys Lacrosse Carries Championship Mentality into 2023 Season 

Last spring, members of the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team suited up for junior prom. This year, the players, now seniors, are gearing up for a championship season, starting with the opening game against Delbarton on Monday, April 3, at 4:00 p.m. on DaSilva Field.

Leo Hernandez, Sports Editor

The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team is set to kick off their 2023 season with great expectations imposed by players and fans alike. The team is returning stronger than ever with lots of experienced players, including senior captains Tyler Holland and Ryan Novak.  

 “We want to win Counties, States and our Conference,” senior goaltender Connor Thomas said. “For the past two years we have competed in the semifinals for both tournaments and come up short.” The team has an insatiable desire to win, and it is supported by their recent performances in scrimmages, winning all four games in the preseason. 

“Our county is full of great teams like Delbarton, Mountain Lakes and Chatham, but playing in it prepares us for the type of pressure you feel in the playoffs,” said senior attackman Stefan Swedlund, who led the team in points last season. 

The Rams finished their 2022 season 12-9, going on a roller coaster of wins and losses at the beginning of their slate of games but ended up catching fire by tournament time. The boys rattled off wins against division opponents until they met perennial championship contender Mountain Lakes in the County semifinal and a tough Scotch Plains-Fanwood team in the same round of the State tournament. 

Going into this season, the Rams believe that their window for a championship has opened and they want to win now. The Rams are aiming higher but also feeling the weight of expectations from classmates and the residents of Randolph. “This is the team that everyone has been waiting to see,” senior superfan Sean Clark said. “I encourage everyone to come out and watch the show these boys put on every game.” 

The “show” is being led by five college-committed athletes, Tyler Holland, Ryan Novak, Aidan Flowers, Stefan Swedlund and Adriatik Koliqi.

The Rams start their season against Morris County powerhouse Delbarton on Monday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m. at DaSilva Field.