As a senior playing for the boys lacrosse team at South Brunswick High School, Dominic Violante wanted to leave behind some sort of a legacy.
Not only has Violante helped the boys lacrosse team to a 10-6 record and spots in the state and Greater Middlesex Conference tournaments, he also became the seventh boys player ever to reach 100 goals scored at the school.
Violante accomplished the goal against Pingry on May 4. He has since increased his career total to 107 goals.
"It just felt like a weight off of my shoulders because I have been striving to get there," Violante said. "I felt determined. I needed to get it. I needed to achieve something, come away with something."
Actually, Violante has come away with a lot more than just 100 goals. In addition to making lifelong friends on the lacrosse team, he's also earned a spot on the Montclair State University team next year.
"I wanted to go somewhere that wasn't too far away from home (where his parents can still come and see home games)," Violante noted. I contacted the coach at Montclair and he came to watch me. He was even at our game (Saturday)."
Violante put on a show for his current and future coach, scoring four goals as South Brunswick opened the GMC Tournament on Saturday with a 17-3 win over Edison.
"Dom has been a great leader by example this year," South Brunswick Coach Mark Ziminski said. "He practices and plays hard, is very coachable and has a legitimate burning desire to win each and every game. He is one of the best midfielders to play in our program over the past 14 years and one of the best midfielders in the state."
Violante has played in the midfield ever since breaking into the starting lineup his sophomore year.
"I love the position," Violante said. "It's an aggressive position, but you also have to play defense."
Violante will continue to get opportunities to show off his talent this month.
South Brunswick will play in the GMC semifinals on Tuesday. The Vikings will also begin play in the state tournament next week. For several reasons, Violante expects to enjoy every minute he has left in his high school career.
"I'm really enjoying my senior season because I love the group of guys we have," Violante said. "We play and practice hard, but we also have fun at the same time."
Then, of course, there is just the joy of playing lacrosse. Violante has tried other sports. Lacrosse is the one that got inside of him.
"Lacrosse is like a combination of football, hockey and soccer," Violante said. "It's crazy fun."