Lawrence hockey wins tourney

Lawrence ice hockey

By: John E. Powers
   Lawrence High School ice hockey coach Andy Borowsky has said throughout the early part of this season that January could be a very special month for the Cardinals.
   A great late December has put them in position to experience just that.
   The Cardinals were 4-5 after a 6-4 loss to West Windsor-Plainsboro South on Tuesday. Last week, the Cardinals beat Nottingham 8-3 to win the Nottingham Invitational Tournament.
   "It was great," Borowsky said. "We were really looking forward to it going in, and everybody stepped up. Our captain (Evan Fruscione) had the first goal in every game, and everybody followed his lead."
   Fruscione, a senior forward, had his second hat trick of the tournament, scoring four goals, including the first of the game on a breakaway. He had eight for the tournament, had five assists and won the Most Valuable Player award.
   "We definitely have a lot of momentum now," Borowsky said. "The kids are more confident, the attitude has been positive all year. It just helps. It gives us a nice purpose to move on. I’ve been telling them since the beginning how good they are, but until they see it on their own — once they see it, it should be a very special season."
   Last year after nine games, the Cardinals were 2-7.
   "The three wins in the tournament were team wins," Borowsky said. "All four of our lines got decent time. From the freshman to the seniors, everybody got good ice time. It was great that we won, but also great to get everybody involved."