Defending champion Warriors bring experience to lacrosse field

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s F.J. Braccini attempts a shot against Crestwood last season. - Sunday Dispatch file photo
Wyoming Area’s F.J. Braccini attempts a shot against Crestwood last season. - Sunday Dispatch file photo

Wyoming Area won a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 title in just its third year of boys lacrosse.

Now, the athletes that helped launch the program will see what they can do for an encore in their fourth season.

“These guys were with us since we started the program,” said Shaun Rohland, who was voted conference Coach of the Year by his colleagues last year. “They came in as freshmen. They’re the first class and now they’re the seniors.”

Midfielder Sam Greenfield and attack Jake Urban are both four-year starters, who earned second-team, all-star honors from coaches last season. Urban gained that recognition for the second straight season.

Justin Joseph and Conor McCormick are two more seniors who have received significant playing time since they were freshmen in 2015.

Joseph, a first-team, all-star as a faceoff specialist after being a second-team choice in 2016, is another returning midfielder.

McCormick, another second-team choice, is the only returning starter on defense.

Alex Gonzales, another senior, was an honorable mention on the all-star team for his play at midfield.

Rob Trottini and Alex Hawk are two more seniors who find themselves in key roles as the Warriors try to patch up their only potential weakness, on defense.

Trottini moves from midfield to long-stick midfielder with more defensive responsibilities. Hawk switches from attack to take over in goal.

Colby Thomas completes the eight-member senior class.

Not all the experience is in the senior class.

Sophomore F.J. Braccini returns with Urban up front where they are likely to be joined by Ethan Hosier, another sophomore who is moving up from junior varsity action last season.

Jacob Switzer and Dominic DeLuca add two talented and experienced sophomores to a deep midfield combination.

Corey Mruk, a sophomore who is already well-established as a football linebacker and a championship wrestler, begins a third sport and appears to be a promising addition to the defense.

“We have high expectations this year for the squad,” Rohland said. “We have good senior leadership and a good corps of sophomores so we want to just continue to build on the success we had from last year.”

Wyoming Area’s F.J. Braccini attempts a shot against Crestwood last season.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_WAboyslacrosse.jpgWyoming Area’s F.J. Braccini attempts a shot against Crestwood last season. Sunday Dispatch file photo

Wyoming Area’s F.J. Braccini attempts a shot against Crestwood last season.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_WAboyslacrosse.CMYK_.jpgWyoming Area’s F.J. Braccini attempts a shot against Crestwood last season. Sunday Dispatch file photo

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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