Robert Simone ’23 Wins National Lacrosse Competition
Some of the most important traits in lacrosse are speed, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to stay calm under pressure.
Robert Simone ’23 was able to put all of these skills to the test this past weekend at the 2018 Faceoff Academy National Championships at the Superdome in Waldwick, New Jersey.
Simone competes for the club team Building Blocks Lacrosse and goes against other players in faceoffs every week. He was voted in by local coaches to compete in the national event.
It was the second year in a row that Simone made it to the national stage, and while he was a bit nervous the first time he competed, he had a more relaxed approach to the competition this year. It certainly paid dividends as he continuously advanced past each best-of-five round and even came back from being down 2-0 in the semifinals.
In the championship round, Simone was able to claim the title with an exclamation point as he swept his opponent and won three straight faceoffs.
“The feeling of winning definitely didn’t hit me at first,” said Simone. “I could not believe what had happened and it was so exciting to be able to win a national title. It was great to see my dad right after the competition and thank him for everything he did for me to get here. It was a pretty cool moment.”
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.