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May 13, 2014

Lax Lowdown: Fenwick making progress under Ruocco

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“Nick has been unbelievable in goal this year,” said Ruocco. “Since he didn’t play at all last year, he’s been one of the bright spots.”

Offensively, Fenwick has been led by Kyle Russell, Mark Nalesnik and Chris Napolitano. Each one has been a dangerous scoring threat, but the Crusaders may be playing without Nalesnik for some time. He is awaiting test results for mononucleosis.

“They’re waiting for blood work. That will hurt immensely if he’s out for a couple of weeks,” Ruocco said. “Then we’ll have to move Chris Carney back to attack from midfield. We moved Mark there because he was such a potent scorer. He was sick the other day and still scored four goals.”

Ruocco is pleased that the team can still achieve its goals and is happy to see the program still progressing. The numbers have been better than ever; this was the first year that Fenwick could field a full junior varsity team, and they played 15 games this spring.

“The team is getting it; they’re trusting each other and starting to play as a team,” Ruocco said. “It’s a new coach and a new philosophy and I didn’t know the strengths and weaknesses early in the year, but we realized we’re all on board for the same goal as far as getting back to the playoffs.”

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Reaching the 100-win milestone in any sport is a moment to remember for a high school coach. Typically, it’s a credit to the individual’s commitment and dedication to each team and the program in general.

It means even more than that for Bishop Fenwick’s Karen Guillemette.

Guillemette started the Fenwick girls lacrosse program eight years ago and reached triple digits in wins last week, an impressive feat for a relatively young program.

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