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Livingston's senior attackman Tommy Heller (7) is on the verge of becoming Essex County's all-time career point scorer and is one of the leaders for solid Lancer lax squad as the team aims for a strong stretch run including in the ECT. (Photo by Gene Nann-nannphoto)
Livingston Lacrosse Team Looks To Build
On Solid Play In SEC & Waterman Division
By Steve Tober
LIVINGSTON- Brad Dzama knew that his Livingston Lancers’ initial foray into the more competitive Waterman Division after being elevated up from the Klank this season would be a major challenge, just as are the weekly matches in the Super Essex Conference, which is in its second season of having the local teams knock heads even before perhaps meeting again in the Essex County Tournament.
With the 2015 ECT set to seed its field Wednesday night at Nutley, Livingston (6-5) is maintaining its aim of returning to the semifinals where they made an appearance for the first time last year before falling to the eventual repeat champion Seton Hall Prep.
After finishing 16-5 overall last spring, the Lancers have already equaled their loss total, but the competition is more stiff with the likes of Waterman Division powers such as Morristown-Beard and Morristown (this Wednesday, April 29) plus county rivals such as Montclair (9-7 Lancers’ loss April 18) and Glen Ridge not to mention the county’s standard bearer, SHP, who will visit Alan Jacobson Field on Monday in SEC action.
The biggest win to date for Livingston has to be its come-from-behind 10-9 overtime triumph over Glen Ridge on Monday, April 20, when the Lancers’ all-time leading scorer and soon-to-be top all-time top county career point man Tommy Heller netted the game-winning goal in the extra session.
Heller, who is headed to Gettysburg College, is a 4-year varsity standout who has now tied with former MKA star and current Syracuse University redshirt freshman attackman Matt Lane with an all-time county high of 337 points.
Beating Glen Ridge, which Livingston hadn’t done since 2002, was big in many respects as the confidence level and overall quality of play continue to rise for the Lancer laxmen.
“We were down 4-0 against Glen Ridge and the boys showed tremendous character with the way they battled all the way back to tie the game with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter on two goals from (senior attackman) Max Scher,” said Dzama, who has had two different head coaching tenures at Livingston including the latest stint that began in 2011. “I look at that victory as a statement win for us in that our team has really been playing better lacrosse as the season has gone on, and hopefully it is a win we can build on moving forward when we know we’re going to meet more and more high quality opponents.”