By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/16/11
Three players that compete on Twist Lacrosse Club – senior face-off specialist/midfielders Tyler Barbarich and Brian Lenskold and junior attackman John Longordo – played major roles Saturday as Bridgewater-Raritan stopped Summit’s 68-game winning streak in a 6-5 victory that gave the Panthers the NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank Tournament of Champions boys’ lacrosse crown before 4,500 at Rutgers University’s Yurcak Field in Piscataway.
Bridgewater-Raritan, which had won the New Jersey Group IV state title earlier, closed a 20-2 season by ending what was the longest boys’ winning streak in New Jersey history. Summit also had won the last two Tournament of Champions titles. The Tournament of Champions features all six New Jersey state champions (public and private) in a special playoff to decide the top team in the state.
Junior attackman Scott Bieda had two goals and the game-winner and sophomore attackman Tyler Konen added two goals for Bridgewater-Raritan.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Barbarich. “It’s three days after and I am still shocked. We knew going into the game they had all the pressure in the sense of keeping their 68-win streak alive and a third straight T of C title. We had to just go into the game hoping to break down their zone defense and stop all of their offensive threats. which we executed perfectly.”
Barbarich, signed with Delaware, was also named the New Jersey Midfielder of the Year. He and Lenskold (signed with Manhattan) played Sunday in the state All-Star Game.
“All I can say is that I had an awesome year of lacrosse,” said Lenskold, who earned Honorable Mention All-State honors. “Winning the TOC was the best way any lacrosse player could end their H.S. career. I am really going to miss my teammates and I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to play with.
“It is an amazing feeling being the best team in the state and I wish the season would never end. This season was a true testament of how hard work, determination and teamwork really pay off.
“My personal goal this year was to win the State Championship for my grandmother, whom I was very close with. She passed away in October. I (also was close with) my Uncle, who passed away shortly after his graduation from Ohio State as a lacrosse player when I was 3 months old.
“I proudly wear my Uncle’s Ohio State number #24. I really wanted to win a State Championship for both of them.”