Park Regional is off to 6-0 start

By Mark Kitchin


WHIPPANY — Amanda Hoberman won the draw control, raced to the net, faked low shot high and made the 100th goal of her varsity career look like so many others that had come before her milestone.

Hoberman scored five times as Park Regional pounded Parsippany High 16-1 in a girls lacrosse contest on Thursday.

Molly Powers, Michaela Kaminski and Natalie Santangelo also scored two goals apiece for Park Regional which improved to 6-0 on the season against winless Parsippany.

Park had only won five games over the last two years previously, so this season over all has been a thrill for Hoberman, who has been a starter all four years she has played.

“I love my team,” Hoberman said. “I love my teammates. Mr. (Evan) Thomas is a great coach. We are playing well this year. We have a lot of experience from last year. We moved into a different conference. It has really been great for us.”

Hoberman plays a key role on the co-op team which uses athletes from both Hanover Park and Whippany Park. The Hanover Park student either takes the draws or is a key figure on the circle, so she is always around the ball. When she has the ball in her stick, she can control the Park offense and place her teammates where they need to be to run the offense efficienty.

“She has set the standard for the program,” said Thomas.  “She is a hard worker, a great player, a great person, a great leader. The last three years that I’ve been coach we’ve been trying to move the program in the right direction.”

Park had its way with Parsippany, which is only in its second year as a varsity program. Hoberman didn’t keep anyone in suspense regarding her milestone as she scored three goals in the first nine minutes as Park built a 7-0 lead. She won the draw control off Molly Powers face-off and took it to the cage and connected with 16:22 left in the first half.

“I just remember getting the draw, running up and shooting,” Hoberman said. “It was a lefty shot into the top right corner. I always shoot opposite.”

Hoberman credits talented teammates and more attention to detail due to the film work the players have been doing as the reasons for their success.

“We started recording our games and our coach plays back the footage,” Hoberman said. “We work on mistakes and constructive things that we need to do for the next game. In practice we work really, really hard.”

Park is not a one person team. Powers, a talented freshman is good on the draws. They also have excelled on defense with seniors Liz Werther and Eileen Doyle stepping up in different ways.   

Liz is a cerebral, smart, thoughtful player,” Thomas said. “She might not be as quick as the others. She is so smart that she is able to put herself in the best position. She is the quarterback of that defense.

“Eileen is a ferocious player. She never gives up, she never stops moving. She has an incredible motor.”

They also have goalie Gianna Trapasso who they believe is the best in their conference.

“She has just made huge strides in there goaltending,” Thomas said. “Her hands are a lot quicker. She worked very hard in the offseason. She has demonstrated her commitment and that has made a big difference.”


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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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