Bengals Boys Lacrosse Starts Off With Lopsided Losses
Ryan Dalon, head coach of the Barnegat High School varsity boys lacrosse team, thought it would be tough going at the start of the season. And his fears were proven correct since as of last weekend, the Bengals had a 1-4 record (1-1 in the Shore Conference B-South).
Its only win came against Jackson Liberty, 8-7. The Bengals sustained losses to Lacey (17-0), Toms River South (18-3), Toms River North (18-3) and Toms River East (14-3).
“We are a young, inexperienced team,” said Dalon, starting his 12th season as coach. “We have some underclassmen as well as seniors who don’t have a lot of playing experience. They will have to learn from their mistakes. The team will have to rely on each other throughout the season. Overall, the team has great players who are dedicated to playing this sport.”
Lost to graduation were midfielders J.J. McKenna and Joe Jinks, attackmen Ryan Reynolds and Tristan Potts and defensemen Ryan Parker and Phil Wambach.
Returning starters from last year’s 7-9 (4-2 in B-South) team include senior midfielder Frank Sweet, junior attackman Dylan Corbett, sophomore midfielder Tristan Porcelli, senior defenseman Hunter Narozniak and Brendan DeNigris and midfielders Ryan Flaherty and Joe Monaco.
Other key returnees include senior defenseman Gian San Jose, junior defenseman Hunter Morrissey and junior attackman Orion Boyer. Boyer had the game-winning goal against Jackson Liberty.
Dalon also hopes to get contributions from newcomers Jon Arocho and Connor Lustenberger, senior attackman and midfielder, respectively and junior goalie Julian Schoenberger.
“Hunter was sidelined last year due to injury,” said Dalon. “He is attending NJIT in the fall and is my best player on the field. He is a hard worker and is looking forward to shutting down teams’ best offensive players this season.”
Dalon said Monaco was originally going to play goalie.
“It didn’t turn out to be a good fit,” Dalon said. “He’s a better player for us when he’s out running on the field because of his athleticism.”
The Bengals’ next three matches are at home, starting with Manasquan on Saturday, April 22.
“They’re very strong, one of top 20 teams in the state,” said Dalon.
The Bengals also play host to Ocean Township on Monday, April 24 and Donovan Catholic on Wednesday, April 26.
— Eric Englund