Two RFA players amongst lacrosse all-stars
Two Rome Free Academy seniors were named to the Central New York Counties League American Division first-team all-star team by Section III coaches for their accolades this following spring season.
Being honored with first-team all-star selection was midfielder Dylan Sbarglia and defensemen Rich Stapleton.
Rome attacker Jacob Gulla was named as a second-team all-star, while long pole Mike Perkarski and goaltender RJ Ferrucci were named as honorable mentions from the Black Knights, which finished their season at 11-6 overall. After earning a sixth seed in the Section III Class A Tournament, the Romans were defeated by Fayetteville-Manlius, 10-3, in the quarterfinals round.
Sbarglia, who came up through the ranks of the Rome lacrosse program since the fourth grade, finished his senior year with 30 goals, 13 assists, and 43 ground balls despite missing a handful of games at the beginning of the season because of various injuries.
Stapleton too came up through the lacrosse ranks, and was instrumental in the Black Knights’ success since he joined the varsity team as a ninth grader. He finished this past season with two goals, three assists, 56 ground balls, and won 65 percent of the team’s face-offs.
Other first-teamers for the American Division included, Tim Barber, Matt Schattner, Ryan Tinklepaugh, Ted Glesener, Jake Sutherland, Jim Cunningham, and Scott Sidnam all from West Genesee, Matt Wells, Andrew Fletcher, Derek Andrake, Dan Cahill, Ryan Simmons, Kevin Lux, and Jim Krizman from Fayetteville-Manlius, and Dominick Cianfarano and John Phillips both from Oswego.
Second-team all-stars included, Dan Ginestro and Garrett Waldron from West Genesee, Clay Arnold, Kroy Arnold, Josh Pulver, and Bobby Primo from F-M, Tyler Hall and Bradley Metcalf from Central Square, Jon Kaplewicz from Oswego, and Brandon Entenmann from Auburn.
RFA head coach Guy Calandra on his first-team all-stars:
¿ Dylan Sbarglia: "He was always very excited about the game, every drill and practice he wanted to get better. Everyday he worked at the skills to prepare himself. He did everything for us this past season. He’s a great role model for everyone. He’ll certainly be missed. I think he certainly rubbed off on the younger guys still around here."
¿ Rich Stapleton: "Not a big talker, but on the field he commanded attention and directed the team. Had the physical attributes in the ninth grade, and he has been guarding everybody’s best players since then.
"He learned how to shut them down and frustrating them as he developed into a great defensive player. He did everything for us on defense, and we have a big hole to fill without him coming back next year. He was just an all-around great player."