LACROSSE: Crestwood Brings Home Another Gold Medal

May 25, 2019

WRIGHT TWP. — Crestwood forward Anthony Caporuscio hit two personal milestones in Friday’s District 2 Class 2A boys lacrosse championship.

However, he was much more excited about helping the Comets cruise to a milestone win.

Caporuscio had seven goals — first netting his 300th and later tying the Pennsylvania scoring record with his 303rd career tally — and Crestwood had its way with Scranton Prep from the start in a 20-8 victory at Crestwood Stadium. The win gave the Comets their third consecutive district title, and they will face Lewisburg on Tuesday in the PIAA tournament.

“Records are ... I don’t want to say they don’t matter, but they’re not important,” Caporuscio said. “It’s not about a record, it’s not about goals. It’s about just winning the game and having fun.

“I didn’t even know what I had coming into this game and, honest to God, I didn’t really care. I just wanted to get this win.”

Scranton Prep also advances to states and will face District 1 champion Bishop Shanahan on Tuesday. However, the Cavaliers couldn’t keep up with Crestwood’s offense on Friday.

The Comets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 7:13, led by a pair of goals from sophomore Trey Zabroski. A couple times Prep gained possession after big saves by Kevin Reihner, it quickly gave it back with errant transition passes that helped out Kevin Frisbie and the riding defenders.

Prep coach Mark Kozlowski called timeout, and the team responded with two goals. However, Crestwood bumped its advantage to four by the end of the first quarter and led by three or more scores the rest of the game. “It was us getting the jitters out,” Kozlowski said. “I feel like we rallied a little bit. Crestwood came out firing from minute 1 to 48, and we came out in spurts a little bit.”

Dillon Beermann and Greg Fisher each had hat tricks for the Cavaliers.

In addition to his scoring prowess, Caporuscio raises the game of those on the field around him, said Crestwood head coach Brian Zabroski. That was evident, as Trey Zabroski had six goals and the Comets received big contributions from Wyatt Malia, TJ Kulak and the rest of their potent attack.

Koslowski said Caporuscio and Malia are “two of the best lacrosse players I’ve ever seen.”

Caporuscio hit No. 300 with only 6 seconds left in the first half, and he also scored the game’s final goal with 1:42 left to tie the state record. He had two chances to break it, but Reihner made one of his 15 saves and the last shot attempt rang off the post.

The win was extra special for Caporuscio, who has battled through injuries throughout the season.

“The trainer’s been huge helping me out, I’ve been going to physical therapy and stuff,” Caporuscio said. “It’s been tough, but it’s not like I didn’t know it was going to be tough. The will to win the championship is a lot stronger than the will to quit because of pain. That’s not what we do at Crestwood. We never give up.”

Brian Zabroski said the Comets’ goal is to advance one step further than last season, which ended in the Class 2A quarterfinals against York Catholic. They have the same offensive firepower as last year and a defense he feels has made a jump, but that won’t stop them from getting an early start with practices today and over the weekend.

“I feel good about where we are, but I’m a worrywart,” Brian Zabroski said. “We’re 0-0, brand new game. ... Lewisburg’s a tough team. We’re going to work and try to play at a pace we’re used to playing.”

SCRANTON PREP SCORING: Goals — Greg Fisher 3; Dillon Beermann 3; Luke Brunetti; Chase Stephens. Assists — Fisher 2; Michael McGrath; Christian Graniel; Robbie Watkins. SCRANTON PREP SAVES: Kevin Reihner 15.

CRESTWOOD SCORING: Goals — Anthony Caporuscio 7; Trey Zabroski 6; Sean Murphy 3; TJ Kulak 2; Wyatt Malia 2. Assists — Malia 5; Caporuscio 4; Zabroski 2; Kulak; Murphy; Chase Passman. CRESTWOOD SAVES: Dean Fey 8.

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