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During this past week of the spring season there were a ton of fantastic performances in Morris-Sussex between lacrosse, softball, baseball, track and other sports. But the athlete we felt deserved the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week the most was Boonton girls lacrosse player Nicole Krozser. During the first three games Krozser was a woman possessed as she scored 14 goals, won 26 face-offs and scooped up 25 ground balls to help her Bombers start off to a 2-1 record.
We caught up with the senior star, who is heading to East Stroudsburg to play field hockey, to talk about her early season success, who keeps this team loose with humor and what legacy she hopes to leave Boonton when she graduates.
Morris Sussex Sports: With 14 goals, 1 assist, 26 face-off’s won and 25 ground balls, did you think you’d be coming into the first three games of this season wish such dominant statistics?
Nicole Krozser: Coming into this season it’s definitely not what I expected, but the team as a whole has been putting in the work in and out of practice which has really made us successful so far. I’m certainly happy with the results!
MSS: Seems like your Bomber team is gelling, did you think you and your teammates would be coming into this season playing so well so fast?
NK: I thought that we would be good, but I didn’t know it would happen so soon. We have been working really hard in practice with conditioning and holding ourselves accountable when we make mistakes, which has really shown in our play. The girls are so passionate about turning this season into a winning one, which has made us so competitive. I couldn’t be more proud of our team!
MSS: What part of your game do you think is your strong suit?
NK: I think shooting is the best part of my game, utilizing my speed and deceptive skills to get around a defender and take a shot is the best feeling.
MSS: You’re heading to play at East Stroudsburg for field hockey. Do you like one sport over the other or do you like them equally?
NK: I’m so excited to be playing field hockey at ESU, but I like them both equally. Both allow me to grow my game with each sports skills building off each other, keeping me in shape year round.
MSS: What are your favorite athletic moments you look back on in your high school career?
NK: For field hockey it would have to be last year when we were competing in a state sectional title. We worked so hard all year and played our hearts out on the field. For lacrosse, it was for sure winning our first game of my senior season and knowing that we can make something of it.
MSS: Boonton seems to have a reputation for playing tough in all sports. What is it about your school that produces such hard nosed athletes?
NK: I think Boonton really instills sportsmanship in all of our athletes, and encourages us to have success but to be humble about it. Being a small Group 1 school is challenging at times, but makes us work 10x harder than other athletes. Being in such a small school also brings us really close to our teammates, where we’re all family. Overall, Boonton athletes are just passionate about the sports we play.
MSS: Who is your role model?
NK: My role model is Nigel Traverso, my club field hockey team (Jersey Intensity) coach. He really pushes me, and all the other players on my team to be the best that we possibly can be. He has a passion for field hockey and a knack for coaching. With his coaching style, knowledge of the game, and encouragement Nigel is definitely someone I look up to.
MSS: Who is the best athlete you faced during your high school career?
NK: I don’t know of any specific player, but Madison always produces great athletes.
MSS: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
NK: Before a game me and my father always bump fists. He’s my biggest supporter and number one fan, and our little ritual reminds me of that fact.
MSS: Do you have hidden talents outside of athletics?
NK: I’m very artistic; I like painting, drawing, and photography. I like to think that I’m good at it.
MSS: What’s your favorite movie?
NK: My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.
NK: My favorite song is I Fall Apart by Post Malone`.
MSS: Who on your team loosens up the vibe with humor?
NK: Emily Cunningham. She is just such a crazy person whose upbeat personality just brings up the whole teams’ attitude. Whether its playing music at practice, cracking jokes, or just encouraging other teammates, it’s definitely Emily who is the bright spot on our team.
MSS: Who is the biggest diva?
NK: Caroline Deluca. She not only is she our team manager but she’s a player as well. Caroline always has words of encouragement to say to the team, and has her moments on where she leads our cheers, and high fives after games. Caroline is one of a kind, and a true diva.
MSS: Who is the unsung hero?
NK: Leah Durkin. She is just such a sweet girl you just wouldn’t expect her to be so feisty and aggressive on the field. Leah has a lot of talent, and her hard work isn’t always shown in the stats, but she has an impact on this team as a play-maker.
MSS: What makes Coach Faesinger the angriest?
NK: Definitely when we don’t listen. Coach Faessinger is big on respect and paying attention to what our coaches tell us. Being able to take constructive criticism and building our game off of that is what makes us successful.
MSS: What’s the funniest thing she ever said?
NK: I don’t know about any one thing, but when she’s in the heat of the moment she gets a little tongue tied.
MSS: What legacy do you want to leave Boonton with when you graduate?
NK: I want to show other kids in my school that hard work does pay off, whether it be athletics or academics. Also, leaving the impression that if you put your mind to something you can achieve anything. Let the fact that were a small school empower you and make you want to achieve more.
MSS: Congrats again Nicole and thank you for all your hard work and representing our area so well!
NK: Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity!