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They had their share of standout student athletes on the roster, but in order for the Ocean City High School boy’s lacrosse program to reach the heights that they did this spring, truly took a team effort.
The Red Raiders finished the season with a sparkling 19-3 record and they were 11-0 in the Cape Atlantic League.
“I’d say the most impressive wins this season would have been all of our out of Conference wins, we purposely schedule the toughest out of Conference teams so that we can really see where we are as a program,’’ Ocean City head coach Joe Latorre said. “Some of our big out of Conference wins include West Deptford, Cherokee, Holy Ghost Prep, Cape Henlopen, Bishop Eustace and Seneca.
“It was the first time in program history that we defeated an out of state team (Cape Henlopen, Delaware) and Holy Ghost Prep (Pennsylvania). The biggest win had to be the Cape Henlopen game, we were down 6-1 early and fought back to beat the Delaware State champion program.’’
Ocean City was fortunate in that the entire senior class, consisting of emerged as remarkable leaders this year.
“I’d say you couldn’t pin point it to one player but I will say the entire senior class (Billy Kroeger, Marty Cattie, Trent Laveson, Christian Kuhn, Grant Halliday, Anthony Inserra, Kyle Saul, Colin Perro, Charlie Dahl, Nick McCardell and Zac Clark) were the greatest group of leaders that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching,’’ Latorre said. “The success of the team was a direct reflection of the senior class. Their work ethic and character helped shape the team into title contenders.’’
Coach Latorre noted senior goal tenders Charlie Dahl and Colin Perro as being among the most improved players this season.
“Both senior goal tenders contributed to the historical season,’’ Latorre said. “In the programs history we’ve never allowed less goals in a season (86) and we played four more games than any other team in program history.’’
Ocean City advanced to semifinal round of the grueling NJSIAA South Group 3 Sectional Tournament before losing a one goal game to Shawnee. The Red Raiders topped Toms River South (18-3) and West Windsor Plainsboro North (13-3) in the Sectionals.
Moorestown won the South Group 3 and State Group 3 championships.
The numbers seem to have the Red Raiders moving forward.
“We have a growing program of 75 players this year so losing 11 seniors isn’t going to be a determinate to our numbers,’’ Latorre said. “We are expecting a huge freshman class who will be competing with returning players for varsity spots next season. I am looking forward to see the competitions that ensue for the opening positions.’’