The GSB Boys’ Lacrosse team is ready to roll.
The Knights enter the 2023 season after posting 10 victories and a quarterfinal appearance in both the Somerset County and Non-Public B Tournaments. Despite graduating a talented senior class that included All State selections Connor Albertson (Air Force) and Ellis Wilson (Hobart), this year’s roster will look to build on last year’s momentum through a mix of veteran leadership and young, eager players ready to make their mark.
“I’m really looking forward to see how our returning players lead this group,” said Head Coach Byron Collins. “We have a nice mix of experience on both sides of the ball which is really a plus. I’m expecting a lot of our veterans to step up and show our younger players what it takes to be part of a team.”
This year’s team is led by senior co-captains Will Deo and Gavin Collins. Deo, a 1st Team All-Valley nominee who is committed to Holy Cross University next season, will steer the Knights’ attackmen after leading the team with 64 points last season. Collins, who will continue his lacrosse career at Kenyon next year, will be depended on to add smart decision-making and timely firepower for a balanced offensive philosophy.
Other returning standouts include Michael Scarpati ’24 and Max Voigt ’25. 1st Team All-Valley selection Scarpati will be counted on to anchor a ferocious defensive line that includes veteran senior defensemen Dan Taylor, senior defensive midfielder Pat Henderlong, and senior long stick midfielder Matt Mazzatta. Voigt (2nd Team All-Valley) follows up a stellar freshman season in which he poured in 39 goals and 15 assists. Senior faceoff specialist Nico Gattoni as well as sophomores Brendan Schwalb, Corbin Migliaccio, and Robert Herrington are all primed for expanded roles that will add to the team’s success. Newcomers to the roster include junior transfer Kellen Sturm and freshmen Griffin O’Sullivan and Nate Costa who each will look to make their impact on the program’s recent string of success.
“We’re coming off back-to-back seasons with double digit wins for the first time in school history,” said Coach Collins. “We’ll look to take that a little bit further than we did last year, but our main goal is about getting better every day in practice. Everything else will work itself out.”