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2018-09-13 / Sports

St. Mary’s boys soccer aiming for Monsignor Martin B three-peat

TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Sports Reporter


Anthony Larosa of St. Mary’s traps a ball at midfield against Evan Benz of St. Joe’s. The Lancers hung tough, but lost to the Marauders, 1-0. 
Photo by Jake French Anthony Larosa of St. Mary’s traps a ball at midfield against Evan Benz of St. Joe’s. The Lancers hung tough, but lost to the Marauders, 1-0. Photo by Jake French The goal remains the same for St. Mary’s boys’ soccer. Despite the fact that the team lost much of last year’s squad to graduation and have only 14 players on this year’s team, coach Al Franjoine says the team is still aiming for a three-peat as Monsignor Martin B Division champions.

“I’m looking to win the league this year,” Franjoine said. “It’s an aggressive goal, but there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to come through with the players we have.”

The team has just four seniors this year, to go along with 10 juniors and a sophomore. The quartet of seniors is made up of Luke Szablewski, Brendan Murty, Anthony LaRosa and Matt Vallone. The latter two will carry the back end, while the other two will handle the scoring. Szablewski was an All-Catholic honoree last season and was a main factor in the team’s championship romp over Cardinal O’Hara.

“Matt and Anthony are defenders; they do an excellent job back there,” Franjoine said. “Both were All-Catholic players last year. Luke was All-Catholic. He was the league’s leading scorer. He’s back this year. Murty is a forward. He’s a top scorer. He did very well last year. Right now he’s one of our leading scorers.”

Thus far, the team has played three games this season and has exactly one win, one loss and one tie. They opened the season Sept. 1 with a 3-1 win over Bishop Timon, a divisional foe. They then tied Lafayette 2-2 after two overtimes.

“They were very tough and so was the weather,” Franjoine said. “It was 87 degrees on the turf field, so the heat index was probably in the 90s. So when you’re playing with only 14 players, it gets very difficult.”

They were supposed to play a couple of other games over the course of last week, but could not, due to the heat index.

Saturday, they played an impressive game against St. Joe’s. They played the defending Monsignor Martin A champions to a 1-0 loss, which was unexpected due to the relative size difference of the two schools and the way the Marauders have blown out much of their competition this year.

In all, the Lancers have played well thus far in the 2018 season.

“The togetherness has been good. We hold a tight formation,” Franjoine said. “Sometimes we play with a stopper. That’s an extra midfield defender. Hopefully we’ll keep the score down low and we’ll be able to put enough in to win.”

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