When Seton Hall Prep started its lacrosse program in 1989, there were roughly 60 high schools with varsity lacrosse programs. Now, there are over 200 schools that carry lacrosse. It should be no surprise that Seton Hall Prep has quickly grown to become a dominant program in the state.

The Prep has amassed 288 wins, a Group B state championship, a Group IV state championship, and seven Essex county championships (including five consecutive (2013-2017).

Seton Hall Prep helped to build its foundation with stability from the coaching position. The premier program in Essex county has only had five coaches in its 28 year existence. After the 2016 season, current coach Dave Giarrusso became the longest tenured lacrosse coach in Seton Hall Prep history passing Pat Tevlin’s eight years.

“We don’t build a team to have success just this year,” Giarusso said. “We take a very active approach in selecting and developing our players, 90 percent of our staff are teachers first and coaches second. We take that teaching model to heart and believe that if we teach them the right way, the kids will pass that on to the next class.”

Giarrusso could not speak enough of the students and how much the culture has been passed on. Building a foundation of kids with talent, skills and athletic ability allows the Pirates to not just get lucky, but to have continued success season to season.

Player success will always follow team success. Seton Hall Prep is no different. The Hall has had four All-American players; Chris O’Dougherty, Andrew Blasko, Jules Heningburg and most recently Colin Kirst. The Pirates have also had 14 All-State players.

The 2017 Pirates are led by Cole Kirst, Brian Tevlin, Griffin Westlin and Dan Zarillo. Seton Hall Prep was ranked no. 5 in NJ.com preseason lacrosse rankings. With its foundation and players already in place, the Pirates will look at this season as a success, no matter what their final record is.

“We are blessed to have a school, administration and parents that are willing to do what they can to support to program behind the scenes so their sons can have a great experience,” Giarusso said. “I do believe when our kids come into 9th grade we have four years to build character for them. When our kids come back here after graduating, it’s a testament by then coming back and passing the torch to the next year, I think our program is in great shape.”

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