Lacrosse Player of the Week Paul Capozzi Boys of Jackson Liberty

Each week this season, Shore Sports Network will recognize the top Shore Conference Lacrosse Players of the Week and put all nominees to a vote to determine who fans think should win the Player of the Week award.

The SSN Boys Lacrosse Player of the Week for Week 3 is Jackson Liberty sophomore forward Paul Capozzi, whose superb season continued when he scored 14 points over a three-game span.

Jackson Liberty is a young team starting with four sophomores, three of whom also started last season as freshmen. These young players were, however, the ones who set the tone for Liberty, with Capozzi leading the way as the goals and points leader by a significant margin. In three games in Week 3, Capozzi scored eight goals and added six assists as Liberty cruised to a 7-6 victory over Ocean before losing a 9-3 game to Point Boro and then a loss of 14-9 against Jackson Memorial. He had two goals and two assists in the Ocean and Point Boro games and had his best game against Jackson Memorial with four goals and two assists.

In 13 games, Capozzi now leads Liberty in all scoring categories with 32 goals and 16 assists for 48 points. He’s already eclipsed his offensive numbers from last season when he tallied 20 goals and 14 assists for 34 points. He has 10 multi-point games so far, including a season-best six goals and an assist in a one-goal win over Freehold Township.

With a 3-10 record, the Lions will be the most absentee in the Shore conference tournament and are on the outside when it comes to the South Group 2 state tournament. But there have also been flashes of promise this season for a side that will find almost all of their starters next season, led by Capozzi.

It was a slim margin of victory for Capozzi in the Week 3 Player of the Week poll with just over a percentage point separating him from Brick Memorial senior Dan Aulisi. Middletown South’s Steve Kirchner finished third.

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