St. Joe’s lacrosse captains tasks increase after year away

St. Joseph boys’ lacrosse team is strengthened at every area on the field by its four captains.

“We are fortunate that we have 10 seniors in our program, specifically our four captains,” coach Brendan Talbot said. “Jack Fearnley started as a freshman on defense. Preston Kral started at midfield as a freshman. Eric Burbank as a sophomore and Ryan Dailey as a freshman were on attack. These guys steer the ship until the young guys are ready. They are doing a great job elevating the game of their teammates.”

St. Joseph is 3-2 with wins over Old Lyme, Danbury and Warde and losses to Ridgefield and Trumbull.

“I tell the kids we play in one of toughest public-school conferences in the country,” Talbot said. “I coached college five years between Quinnipiac and Western CT. The FCIAC is some of the best lacrosse you will find.”

The Cadets have grown.

Talbot said: “We played Ridgefield in our second game. I saw the look in some of our kids: this is so fast. I said yes, this is FCIAC varsity. We are getting our feet underneath us. I’m excited. We have a strong sophomore class. Once the light bulb fully goes on then we’ll be in good shape.”

Seniors Max Kimmel (Rogers Williams) and Josh Gottschalk (Cal-Poly Tech no lacrosse) are in goal. Fearnley, Tommy Kramer, Andrew Reynolds, Andrew Eisenman, Liam Wolson and Ryan DeMarco lead the defense. Daly (Loyola no lacrosse), Eric Burbank (York College) and Josh Newall are on attack. Kral (Stony Brook), Matt Carpenter, Johnny Karafa, Sean Callinan, Sam Rosa and James Corry are at midfield. Jack Kilmartin takes faceoffs.

“We have 37 kids from grade 9 to 12,” Talbot said. “We take pride in the development of our players. We find everyone a role. Seven are going to college to play. Part of my job is to help them get to the next level. I know (from coaching) the other side of phone. We use lacrosse ability to get players the best education possible in college.”

The 2019 graduating class was the first group that Talbot shepherded all four years.

“This year’s team I’ve all known since summer lacrosse or in middle school,” he said. “It is crazy to see Jack Fearnley now at 6-foot-3. I knew him when the stick was taller than him.

Roundup: St. Joseph was edged 11-10 in its game with Trumbull this past Saturday. Matt Carpenter scored three goals. Preston Kral, Eric Burbank and Ryan Daly had two goals each. Josh Newell added a goal. Johnny Karafa had two assists. Newall and Kyle Marcinko one assist each. Max Kimmel had three saves, Josh Gottschalk seven. Jack Kilmartin was 20 for 24 on draws.

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