As Bump Lisk and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse took the field from the team’s Senior Day game against Blair Academy last Wednesday, they brought a special intensity.
“This is our last regular season game and we wanted to make sure that we were playing this like a playoff game,” said senior attackman Lisk.
“At this point left with six games left, including this one, we cannot let up at all. We can’t have a bad game. We can’t say that this game doesn’t matter and just forget about it.”
The Panthers didn’t let up, jumping out to an 8-0 lead on the way to a 13-3 victory.
“I am very proud of the team,” said Lisk, who scored five goals in the win and passed the 100-point mark in his PDS career. “We played awesome.”
The Panther attack had some awesome moments in the win, producing some superb ball movement and finishing.
“It is probably the tightest offense I have had here in four years,” said Lisk. “We all get along; we all hang out together in school. It is tight. Coach Cliff [Higgins] and coach [Rob] Tuckman have us doing stuff that really helps our game. It is a tight group of guys, we seem to find each other and work well.”
In assessing his recent scoring surge, which saw Lisk tally another goal on Saturday as the third-seeded Panthers topped No. 6. WW/P-S 7-4 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals, he credited classmate Cody Triolo.
“Honestly, the secret to it is that the teams focus on Cody so much,” said Lisk, who was hoping to keep rolling as the Panthers were slated to play second-seeded Princeton High in the MCT semis on May 14 at Ewing High with the winner advancing to the title game on May 16.
“He is going to Lehigh, he is the best player on the field and he is probably the best player in the county. So teams focus on him so much it lets me get that third or fourth defenseman and sometimes I fall through the cracks. I think that helps a lot.”
Lisk, an ice hockey star who chose to play juniors this winter rather than skate with the Panthers, is bringing a special focus to lacrosse as he wears the PDS jersey for one last season.
“It is awesome playing juniors, but when you are doing it about you absolutely miss PDS,” said Lisk.
“You miss the fans and being around the guys. I am just trying to take it one game at a time. I am loving being with these guys; it is a great group of guys.”
PDS head coach Rob Tuckman believes that Lisk and his classmates have done great things for the PDS program. The team’s senior class includes Taran Auslander, Eddie Meyercord, Derek Bell, Brendan Shannon, Andrew Phipps, and Tucker Triolo in addition to Lisk and Cody Triolo.
“They are ambassadors for this program,” said Tuckman, whose team came up short in state Prep B championship game on Monday as the second-seeded Panthers lost 16-3 at top-seeded Rutgers Prep to move to 11-5.
“I knew as freshmen that they were going to make a huge impact on the program and they have and they continue to and that’s exciting.”
Tuckman is excited by the way Lisk has been playing down the stretch. “Bump is having a good time out there; he is playing well. He is exciting to watch,” said Tuckman.
“He plays with incredible confidence. Having him on that low side really opens things up because he is a force to reckon with.
PDS has proven to be a force collectively as the season headed into May. “We are peaking at the right time,” said Tuckman. “Part of why we are playing so well is that the boys really enjoy playing with each other. This is what it’s all about.”
Lisk, for his part, is enjoying his remaining time on the lacrosse field. “We just have to keep doing what we are doing,” said Lisk, who will be playing junior hockey in Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa. next year.
“I am just taking it one game at a time. You can’t overlook any team. There is a sense of urgency but we are just savoring every game here.”