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Howell growing into a force this lacrosse season

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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) puts a check on his opponent at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) puts a heavy check push on his opponent at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) puts a check hit on his opponent knocking the ball loose at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Chase Bruke (16) scores off of a break through the center of the field at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Joseph Sorrentino (2) celebrates a goal that was scored by Chase Burke (16) at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Chase Burke (16) brings the around the field looking for a scoring chance at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Thomas Damelio (4, right) takes a blocked shot at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Logan Dennison (14) carries the ball through the offensive zone at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Logan Dennison (14) passes the ball off to Chase Burke (16) at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Kaith Hallbauer (37) passes the ball off at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Keith Hallbauer (37) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Pat Handy (5) protects the ball while advancing into the offensive zone at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Vaughn Meehan (32) takes a shot on goal and scores at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Vaughn Meehan (32) takes a shot on goal and scores at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Vaughn Meehan (32) fights for control over a loose ball at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Sean Mylod (19) forces his way to recover possession of the ball at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Ernie Onesti (20) puts a check push on his opponent at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Jeremiah Ortiz (12) scoops up a loose ball at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Nick Roberto (24) makes a brilliant save at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Nick Roberto (24) dumps the ball out of his zone at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Joseph Sorrentino (2) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) puts a check on his opponent at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) puts a heavy check push on his opponent at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Braedon Baldwin (22) puts a check hit on his opponent knocking the ball loose at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Chase Bruke (16) scores off of a break through the center of the field at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Joseph Sorrentino (2) celebrates a goal that was scored by Chase Burke (16) at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Chase Burke (16) brings the around the field looking for a scoring chance at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Thomas Damelio (4, right) takes a blocked shot at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Logan Dennison (14) carries the ball through the offensive zone at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Logan Dennison (14) passes the ball off to Chase Burke (16) at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Kaith Hallbauer (37) passes the ball off at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Keith Hallbauer (37) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Pat Handy (5) protects the ball while advancing into the offensive zone at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Vaughn Meehan (32) takes a shot on goal and scores at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Vaughn Meehan (32) takes a shot on goal and scores at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Vaughn Meehan (32) fights for control over a loose ball at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Sean Mylod (19) forces his way to recover possession of the ball at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Ernie Onesti (20) puts a check push on his opponent at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Jeremiah Ortiz (12) scoops up a loose ball at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Nick Roberto (24) makes a brilliant save at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Nick Roberto (24) dumps the ball out of his zone at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS
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Howell High School's Joseph Sorrentino (2) takes a shot on goal at a game against Marlboro on April 16. Howell went on to win the game 12-2.SCOTT JACOBS

Brett Carroll
Staff Writer

Questions concerning the experience and the offense have been answered by the Howell High School boys’ lacrosse team.

The emergence of some new players have help guide Howell this spring.

“We moved the ball well,” junior Joseph Sorrentino, who plays on the attack, said. “We got it around and made some good cuts. We made a lot of good passes towards the middle. We hit the creases really well today.”

“I think our offense finally caught up with our defense today,” Howell coach Anthony Bonjavanni said. “Our defense has been our calling card all year. We knew that going into the season. That’s where the majority of our returning starters were. So, at the end of the day, we knew that’s what we were going to hang our hat on. It was nice to get a good 48 minutes and have a lot of guys touch the ball on offense today.”

“Our defense always comes to play,” senior defender Braedon Baldwin said. “We always bring it. Today was another day under five goals. Today the offense did its thing as well.”

Those remarks came after Howell posted a 12-2 victory over Marlboro High School on April 16 in Marlboro.

The 12 goals were the most the Rebels had scored through their first seven games of the season. That triumph lifted Howell’s record to 5-2.

Sorrentino sparked that victory over Marlboro with four goals and two assists.

Bonjavanni was pleased on how his Rebels took control of the middle of the field.

“Something we also did really well today was face-off really well,” Bonjavanni said. “Even in our two losses, I think we have controlled the middle of the field well. We clear well. We ride well. We always talk about limiting a team’s second chances, and making sure we get them on our end. I think now with the offense added, it’s really just working young guys in and getting them a chance to play. The more they’re out there, the more comfortable they’re going to be, and I think we’re starting to see that now.”

“Yeah we have a young offense and our defense is really experienced,” Baldwin said. “But these guys have improved so much, even just from our first game. How far they’ve come is actually phenomenal.  So, if they keep this up, we’ll be a hard team to beat.”

“Just continue to play and get better,” Sorrentino said. “We just got to continue to play as a team, and continue to get better. We’ll be fine if we do that.”

Although Howell’s offense has improved, Bonjavanni praised his star defender.

“Ernie Ornesti, he’s been great.” Bonjavanni said about his junior. “That was one spot on the defense that we weren’t sure about coming into the season. We didn’t know who was going to take that third defenseman spot. But everyone on the team will tell you, he’s been phenomenal all year for us and we hope that continues. Then, on attack, [sophomore] Logan Dennison has taken that QB roll for our offense. He and [Sorrentino] have been guys that have bounced around in positions for us last year, but have really spearheaded our offense this year. [Senior] Pat Handy has been great for us in midfield. He’s been that two-way force at middy that we didn’t think we would have. He’s definitely been an offensive punch from that position, so that’s good.”

The Rebels will have another chance to flex its muscles when they travel to Toms River High School South on April 26 for a 3:45 p.m. game.

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