Kennedy boys’ lacrosse is looking to put the finishing touches on what has been a solid 2022 campaign.
With two games left in the regular season, the Cougars are looking to get healthy and tinker with a few things to be at their best for the postseason. However, looking back on the year, coach Craig Papach said he’s proud of how his team has dealt with several obstacles.
“We’re very pleased with how the season has gone,” Papach said. “We have a lot of new guys and we’re still in the rebuilding mode. We’re definitely happy with the way things have gone so far. Before the year, we set goals that didn’t involve winning or losing. I wanted to create guys that wanted to play lacrosse and I think we’re doing that.”
In a way, the Cougars’ year has been a tale of two halves. They were 5-1 until senior attackmen Max Zaransky broke his hand against Baldwin, and at the time he was the leading scorer in Nassau County.
Papach noted that depth was not necessarily a strong suit, so it was an adjustment period heading into what was a tough portion of the schedule. It is difficult to adjust an entire offensive identity on the fly, but other players have stepped up. Junior Joseph Battaglia has become the go-to guy on offense and has handled the increased responsibility well and junior Liam Schillinger has also been efficient in the midfield. Junior Dylan Estrin has also picked up the scoring.