"This is one of the best JV teams I have ever worked with" said Coach Kevin Baudo. The Schreiber JV Vikings lacrosse team had just ended their season with a spectacular 10 and 1 record after defeating Farmingdale on May 15. This season was one of the most successful that the JV lacrosse team ever had and placed them at the top of their division.
Top row from left to right: Jose Galeano, Nathaniel Francis, Spencer Bodner, Ben Hirsch, Ricky Leon, Edmond Perry, Ben Sobel. Second row: David London, Rickie Brown, Patrick McCloskey, Sean McClosky, Femi Giwa, Frank Zaccaerio, Coach Ken Baudo. Third row: Anthony Chrisostomo, Liam Fleming, Derek Hafer, Scott Linthicum, Ben Benfield, Mark Ross. Bottom Row: Raphie Rabin-Havt, Nick Dello-Iacono, Pablo Sepulveda, Matt Yukelson. John Rossettie was absent.
The season began on a cold, rainy afternoon in early spring when the team gathered to practice. These practices were run under the leadership of Coach Baudo. They were always strenuous, with running exercises and ball drills. Aside from raising the team's skill level, these practices also helped to give the team unity. Freshman Chris Cahn said, "In the beginning, there were already many good players but we were a group of individuals; now, we are a team and have a special kind of bond that only a team can have."
Other leadership for the team was provided by sophomore captains Edmond Perry, David London and John Rossettie. The three captains all played major roles in Port's strong offense, as did Scott Linthicum, Spencer Bodner, and others. The skill of the Viking offense enabled Schreiber to roll past their opponents with an impressive number of goals.
Fortunately, the Vikings powerful offense was matched by their talented defense. The starting defense was freshman Ben Benfield and sophomores Anthony Chrisostomo and Ben Sobel. The defense was able to strifle the competition's attempts to score. At the heart of this potent defense was freshman goalie, Nick Delo-Iacono, who diligently protected the cage from blistering shots taken by opposing teams. Schreiber has the perfect balance of finesse, aggression, a positive attitude and determination which brought them such success during this season.
The strength of these JV players ensures that the dynasty of Port's Varsity lacrosse team will continue. With this season's end, all of the JV sophomores will be moving up to the varsity team. Spencer Boder, a very talented freshman player, will be moving with them. In the meantime, the JV team has high hopes for its future as there are many promising eighth graders who will be at Schreiber next season. As Coach Baudo transforms these individuals into a cohesive unit, we can look forward to another great team and another great year.