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Strong senior class looking to lead Revere boys lacrosse team

4/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — According to Revere High School boys lacrosse head coach Nick Pappas, the primary goal of this year’s team is a simple one: “To go as far as possible in the playoffs.”

“The northeast region of Ohio is going to get two teams in the final four this year, and we are striving to be one of those teams,” he said. “We want to go all the way, and with the amount of senior leadership we have on the team, I don’t see any reason to bridle anybody’s dreams. I think we have the skill and the depth and the talent to go far this year.”

This year’s team features a nice range of experience, the coach said.

“We have a younger team, but we also have a pretty large senior class,” he said. “I think that it’s a really good mix of kids.”

There are 13 seniors on this year’s squad, led by goalie Carl Roman.

“He’s phenomenal. He’s looking to play college lacrosse,” Pappas said. “He’s definitely the vocal leader on our team, and he’s well-liked among all his teammates. Carl definitely makes our team better and he is one of the best I’ve seen at his position. He is a pleasure to coach and a great kid to have on our team.”

Another of the team’s four senior captains is midfielder Christian Burlotos.

“Christian is a super-intelligent kid — very bright. He’s looking to probably go to Notre Dame or Cal-Berkeley [University of California, Berkeley]. He has full rides to both, but he just hasn’t made up his mind yet where he wants to go,” Pappas said. “He understands the game really well. He’s like a coach or a field general when he’s out there playing. He is so valuable to what we’re trying to do as a coaching staff. We love having him on the team.”

Rounding out the senior captains are defenseman Joe Pearl and midfielder Evan Pinney.

“Joe is a first-time captain. He is one of our better defensemen, and he’s very well liked by the team. He is a positive role model for all of the younger players, and he does things the right way,” the coach said. “Evan is very quiet. He leads by example. His play speaks for itself. He’s probably our overall most-talented player and he never boasts about it. He’s the kind of guy who will knock an opponent to the ground, but then he will pick them back up, say ‘Good play,’ and keep playing.”

Aside from senior leadership, Pappas said, the team’s key strengths this season are the play of its defense and its goalkeeping.

“We’ve got some pretty strong attackmen, but our defense and our goalkeeper are pretty good,” he stated. “They could start for a lot of the teams that we play.”

Through April 13, Revere was out to a 3-1 start to the season. In 2013, the team finished 11-7 overall in the regular season and Pappas was one of the team’s two co-head coaches (along with Nick Gabel, who is an assistant coach for the squad this year). Now in his second season, and in his first year as the team’s lone head coach, Pappas said he is happy with the direction in which the program is heading.

“The kids are responding very positively,” he said. “In fact, our numbers have grown again from last year to this year. Our participation is at an all-time high. They listen to me as a coach and I just like the way things are going.”

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