Season underway for boys’ lacrosse
The North Kingstown High boys’ varsity lacrosse team is off to a bumpy start in Division-I play, but team co-captain Kevin McDermott of Jamestown says the young squad has shown potential in the early going. He is hopeful the team can capitalize on opportunities as the season progresses.
Jamestowners Elliot Roberts, a senior who plays on the attack line, and Milo DeGasper, a sophomore midfielder, are also contributing to the varsity effort.
Overall, the Skippers have racked up a 2-4 record with a onegoal victory against East Greenwich in double overtime and a 10-9 victory over Providence Country Day.
They also fared well in two preseason games played in Connecticut, coach Steve Alviti said.
But the Skippers are battling tough competition in conference play.
North Kingstown High is in last place in Division I. In a non-conference game, South Kingstown, a Division II team, nipped them 10-8 on April 5. Then in league play, Moses Brown beat the Skippers 14-4, and La Salle crushed them, 21-4, on April 17.
On Monday, in blustery cold weather, the team dropped a home match, 15-10, against Barrington.
At the last practice before conference play started, Alviti didn’t want to make any predictions about the season because play had just started. He’s still assessing strengths and weaknesses, he said.
“It’s too soon,” he said. “We haven’t faced anybody yet.”
The coach didn’t want to single out any stars but said the six returning seniors, including the three captains, were among the team’s top contributors.
“We have a pretty good squad of six returning seniors,” he said. “The guys are hard workers. They enjoy the sport, and it’s always tough competition. We’ll see how we do.”
The Skippers did pretty well in preseason play. In a round robin in Connecticut against Waterford and Norwich Free Academy, the Skippers won both games. They then beat Norwich, sweeping the competition in the Nutmeg State.
The Skippers will have played all their Division-I opponents once by next week. On Friday, they take on Portsmouth, and on Tuesday, they’re at Bishop Hendricken. They will have rematches with each team, he said, and he hopes the squad will benefit from experience and succeed on the second meeting.
“We’ve gone through a lot of coaching changes, so it’s been tough,” McDermott said. “But the program is moving in the right di- rection.”
Alviti is returning from last season, and that’s the first time in several years the Skippers have had the same coach two years in a row.
“We’re still getting used to the systems they were putting in last year,” he said. “We’re a pretty young team.”
According to McDermott, the Skippers have played a good first half in about every game, but then have failed to keep up the level of play in the second half. If they can put it all together, he said, they should be able to start winning.
“Every game will be good,” he said. “We have a pretty good attack line. Steve Fallon, John Bishara and Colin Vincent are playing well.”
McDermott, 17, and the twoIt’s other senior team captains – Aaron Binek and Cameron Fugere – all play midfield.
Last year, the Skippers finished in fifth place with a 10-4 record.
The financial problems in the North Kingstown schools have affected lacrosse somewhat, McDermott said. The school cut funding for freshman teams in most sports, so some of those teams, like girls’ freshman basketball, were discontinued. Parents and boosters raised funds to keep other teams going. The lacrosse program never had a freshman team, so players did not lose out there, he said, but the financial crunch has meant no money for new equipment and uniforms.
“We can’t get the newest gear,” he said.
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More than 50 players are in the Skippers’ lacrosse program, with 24 playing on junior varsity squad and 27 on varsity roster.
Jametowners Anthony Antonucci and Jordan Smith, both freshmen, and Antonio and Dimitri Varrecchione, both sophomores, are playing on the junior varsity team.February
“It’s only been an interscholastic sport the last 13 years,” Alviti said, and added lacrosse used to be played almost exclusively at prep schools and private schools. In the
In Rhode Island, 31 schools play lacrosse, with 10 teams in Division and 13 in Division III. Two of the Division-III teams – Tiverton/ Rogers and Burrillville/Smithfield are coop teams.
“It’s a fast-paced game and a lot of fun,” McDermott said. “You have to think on the fly and constantly be active in a game.”Specials