Weekly Feature



2012-04-04 / Sports

Sweet Home boys lacrosse lacks consistency

by PATRICK J. NAGY
Reporter


Nick Tagliarino of Sweet Home, right, battles with Richard Galbo of Canisius during the Panthers’ 14-9 road loss on March 21. Tagliarino, a starting attackman, was the Panthers’ leading scorer last year. 
Photo by Nick LoVerdePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Nick Tagliarino of Sweet Home, right, battles with Richard Galbo of Canisius during the Panthers’ 14-9 road loss on March 21. Tagliarino, a starting attackman, was the Panthers’ leading scorer last year. Photo by Nick LoVerdePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Inconsistent play has hurt the Sweet Home boys lacrosse team early in the 2012 season.

The Panthers have lost road games against Canisius, 14-9, on March 21 and Orchard Park, 2-1, on March 26 and a home game to Amherst, 14-3, on Thursday.

“We’re not that young, but we’re inexperienced,” Sweet Home coach John Faller said. “It’s going to be an uphill struggle but we have got to see if we can put it together and win some games when we have a chance to. They have showed they have potential but they have to continue to work on it.”

Much of the reason for the Panthers’ inconsistent play has come from its offense.

“We’re losing faceoffs, which means we’re not controlling the ball,” Sweet Home coach John Faller said.

One constant on the Panthers’ offense is Nick Tagliarino. The senior attackman is a returning Class B First Team All-star who had 40 goals and 25 assists in his junior year. He has seven of Sweet Home’s 13 goals this season.

Tagliarino is team captains with senior attacker Jon Chatelle, junior midfielder Carter Mann and junior goalie Mike Prentice. Tagliarino, Mann and Prentice are the only returning starters from last year’s 7-10 squad.

Mann recorded eight goals and eight assists last year but has yet to play this season because of an injury. Chatelle scored three goals against Canisius.

Prentice returns in net for his third year. He made 14 saves in the loss versus Amherst.

The only other starters with varsity experience are senior defender Ryan Henesey and junior midfielder Tom Vo.

Making the jump from JV to contribute are junior defenders Luca Chimneto and Jeff Pinto, junior attackman Nick Cuomo, and junior Kahlil Humphrey and freshman Jordan Heine in the midfield. Cuomo scored two goals against Amherst and recorded two assists against Canisius.

Sweet Home hosted Lancaster on Monday and traveled to North Tonawanda on Tuesday, but the result of both games were unavailable before The Bee went to press. Sweet Home travels to West Seneca West at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Sweet Home 2012 Schedule
4-17 at Williamsville North 5 p.m.
4-19 at Williamsville East 5:30 p.m.
4-24 at Grand Island ....................................... 5 p.m.
4-26 at Niagara-Wheatfield ............................. 5 p.m.
4-28 Nichols.................................................... 10 a.m.
4-30 Iroquois..................................................... 5 p.m.
5-3 Hamburg..................................................... 5 p.m.
5-4 Williamsville South ................................... 5 p.m.
5-10 Lake Shore............................................... 5 p.m.
5-15 West Seneca East.................................... 5 p.m.

email: pnagy@beenews.com

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