The Gill St. Bernard's Boys’ Lacrosse Team made history on Saturday, June 10, 2023, defeating Princeton Day School, 10-8, to win the Non-Public B State Championship. This was the first state title in program history.
The Knights were led by senior and Holy Cross commit Will Deo, who scored three goals and added an assist. Deo is one of only 15 players in the state with a 100-point season. Other key contributors for Gill St. Bernard's included sophomore Max Voigt, who had three goals and junior Colin Anderson, who made 13 saves in goal.
Princeton Day led 5-4 at halftime, but the Knights came out electric in the third quarter and never looked back, outscoring Princeton Day 6-3 to secure the victory.
The win was a culmination of a long and successful season for the Gill St. Bernard's Boys’ Lacrosse Team. The Knights finished the regular season with a record of 14-7 and will participate in the first-ever Kirst Cup on Tuesday, June 13, as they face Summit High School in the quarterfinals at Kean University.
Head Coach Byron Collins acknowledged and thanked every alumnus who participated in the lacrosse program under his leadership. He also individually highlighted each player’s contributions to the team. “We never had our full lineup this year,” said Collins. “It’s pretty wild. We had a rough start at the beginning of the year, but we just got better and better as the year went on. We started peaking at the end of the season when we started getting some pieces back and played our best lacrosse. What do you say about this group that believed in us and all the support we had this year? And to do it with my son, it’s just special.”
The team's victory is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players, coaches, and staff. It is also a great example of the school's commitment to excellence in athletics.
The Gill St. Bernard's community is overjoyed with the boys’ lacrosse team for this historic achievement. Athletic Director Jennifer Noon proudly shares, "Winning a state championship is a first for the boys' lacrosse program, and I could not be happier for the team, staff, and entire GSB community. The adversity that the team faced this year makes this championship even more special. It was certainly a great day to be a KNIGHT!"