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July 12: Stockton to Host Inside Lacrosse Tournament on July 20-22
The 2012 Stockton lacrosse team showed marked improvement over 2011 as they more than doubled their victory total from the previous year by winning seven games and also qualified for the Skyline Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed. With seven players reaching double-digit goal totals and players making defensive progress as well, the Ospreys showed that they are a team on the rise.
Led by freshmen Nick Bologno and Eugene Isola plus senior Wade Veselka, who were all named to the Skyline All-Conference Team, Stockton topped the league in ground balls per game (43.00), faceoff percentage (.660), man up goals (2.12 per game) and penalty kill percentage (.829). The Ospreys also ended the season second in the league in goals per game (11.62), assists per game (6.81) and points per game (18.44).
Isola, who was a Skyline First Team honoree, really made a difference in the Osprey offense. The rookie led the conference in faceoffs won (245), faceoff percentage (.692) and ground balls (11.67 per game). In addition he ranked second in the nation in faceoff percentage and third nationally in ground balls. Isola’s faceoff wins gave Stockton offensive chances, and he also contributed two goals and two assists.
Fellow freshman Bologno, a Skyline Second Team selection, led the squad in goals (31), assists (24) and points (55) despite missing the last four games due to illness. He finished first in the conference and also ranked 14th in the country in points per game (4.50). Bologno earned Skyline Rookie of the Week honors twice and a Skyline Co-Player of the Week selection once during his freshman campaign.
Veselka added 24 goals and 15 assists to gain his first Skyline Second Team nod, capping a great senior year that saw him exceed his totals from his first three seasons combined. Brian Santoleri ended a brilliant senior year with 30 goals while senior Dave Soule, who earned a Skyline Player of the Week award this season, finished his career at Stockton with a 21-goal campaign. Sophomore Drew Wright scored 12 times and finished third on the team in assists with 13 helpers. Vinny Gencarelli and Robert Krais also reached double figures with 14 and 12 goals respectively.
Defensively, head coach Kevin Zulauf’s young unit of juniors Alex Kasprowicz, Danny Haviland and Zach Wilkins plus sophomores Dan Lamela, Cole Dilley and Cal Sebor and freshman Erik Beck continued the growth process. Lamela missed four games but still led the team with 17 caused turnovers, followed by Kasprowicz with 15 and Haviland with 14. Junior goalkeeper Tim Wolcott shared time in net with senior Noah Morris. Together, the duo combined for 157 saves and helped lower the team’s goals against to 10.00, a reduction of two per contest over last season.
After starting the campaign with victories over Neumann and Centenary, Stockton basically alternated wins and losses for the rest of the year, never winning two straight but never losing more than two in a row either. The Ospreys qualified for the Skyline Conference tournament as the fourth seed with a 3-3 league record. Stockton drew top seed and eventual league champ Montclair State in the Skyline semifinals, where the season came to an end with a 7-9 final record.