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Amsterdam Lacrosse – 2016 Season Preview

A graduate of Amsterdam High School himself, Head Lacrosse Coach Paul Furman is a veteran of the school’s football and lacrosse programs.  Following his graduation from Amsterdam High School, he played football at HVCC, and football and lacrosse at AIC.  Returning to serve the community he was raised in, Furman is employed as a Special Education teacher at Amsterdam Middle School.  He is joined by Assistant Coaches  Phil Parillo, who serves as Offensive Coordinator, and  Pat Liverio who serves as Goalie coach, Face-off Coach, and runs the box on game day.

Entering his fourth year as Head Coach, Furman reports that his team has high expectations for the 2016 season.  He offered, “Every season we expect to compete and win a championship. First we look to perform better in the Foothills, and win our conference. Once playoffs start it will be a new season and we look to win a championship there as well. The players have set these goals and the coaches will do their best to hold them to the effort that those goals require day in and day out.”

During his tenure as Head Coach, Furman has presided over an evolving program.  “Since taking over the program four years ago I have seen the program go from a bad news bears team that was lucky to win one game a year to a committed group of young men that expect to compete and win. They practice, lift, watch film, and study game like a championship program. They hope to prove that all their efforts will be good enough to become champions.”

Reflecting on the team’s performance in 2015, Furman commented, “Last year we performed excellently on the offensive end. Two returning players broke the single season scoring record in Amsterdam. The defense was young and inexperienced with a lot of sophomores getting playing time. This season they expect to repeat the performances on offense and improve on defense now that they have experience under their belt.”

In regards to players expected to play significant roles for the Rams this season, Furman identified four players voted captains by their teammates:

  • Luigi Iorio Senior Attackman and Amsterdam’s single season scoring record holder.   Described as an extremely agile and athletic player, Iorio plays club lacrosse for United, and has been recruited by both Saint John Fisher and Limestone. 
  • Matt Fedullo Senior Midfield – also broke the previous single season scoring record last season and currently is second to Luigi Iorio. Fedullo is described as a very versatille Midfielder who will play a significant role on offense, take face-offs, and plays defense. “Matt is a old school grinder who is deciding between Utica and Elmira.”
  • Elijah Newborn Junior Defender –  will be looked to as the leader of the defense. Elijah has been on varsity since he was a freshman.  “He will be the glue that holds our defense together.”
  • Camillo Medina Senior Attack – Medina will be looked to this season to play a significant role on the field in scoring, and riding defense. “He was a role player last season, but if we are to succeed as a team we will need him to become a significant contributor.” 

Considering the team’s schedule, Furman commented, “The Foothills is a competitive league for us. Not one of the league games will be a “gimmie”. The players do expect to compete for a league title.” The Rams will open their season on March 29 at non-conference opponent Schenectady High School.  Johnstown, Hoosick Falls, Troy, Utica Proctor, and Lasalle round out Amsterdam’s non-conference opponents.

In  regards to opportunities for player development and recognizing the growth of the sport in the area, Furman anticipates the debut of a summer club team comprised of players from Amsterdam and Johnstown offered at a more affordable price point than many clubs.

For more information, visit the team’s Facebook page: AHS RUGGED RAMS LACROSSE

Gary Govel
Gary has been involved in lacrosse in the Capital District for over 35 years as a player, youth coach, program administrator, parent, and fan. Gary launched www.capitaldistrictlax.com in November 2015 to report on lacrosse news and information of interest to the region, and to share his passion for the game. In addition to operating this site and associated social media, Gary is also a contributor to Inside Lacrosse.
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