We had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Revere High lacrosse coach Steve Magno this week and talking about the success of his program and the emergence of junior Eddie Sullivan as the most prolific scorer in the Northeastern Conference.
What became obvious from our conversation was how passionate coach Magno is about the sport of lacrosse and how excited he is about the future of the program. Magno’s Patriots won 15 games this season and placed nine players on the NEC first and second All-Star teams. For a program to receive that much recognition from the other coaches in the conference speaks very well of the instruction that the players are receiving from coach Magno and assistants Chris Piazza and Austin Powers.
The Revere team also had the additional benefit this season of playing its home games on the new turf field at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Revere’s athletic facility is second to none in the Northeastern Conference.
Magno took up the sport relatively late as sophomore at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. After playing one season at UMass/Amherst, he transferred to Salve Regina where he helped start the program. He continues to compete in the sport today when he is not coaching. We welcome lacrosse to the sports menu in Athletic Director Frank Shea’s rising athletic program and we congratulate coach Magno, Eddie Sullivan, and the team on all the accolades they received this season for posting an outstanding 15-5 record and qualifying for the State Tournament.
We’ve known about the softball coaching excellence of Joe Ciccarello a bit longer as we remember Joe leading the softball and hockey teams at Savio Prep [St. Dominic Savio] to a succession of winning seasons and State Tournament appearances.
Ciccarello’s Patriots qualified again for the State Tournament this season and defeated Westford before Concord-Carlisle was able to beat Revere in the quarterfinals.
Ciccarello has consistently brought out the best in his teams. This season he received outstanding leadership from his four seniors, Ally Hinojosa, Juliana Cecere, Gabrielle Cammarata, and Cheyanne Fullen who have been so instrumental in the team’s run of successful seasons that included the memorable journey to the Division 1 North state semifinals in 2014.
We congratulate Coach Ciccarello, his staff, and his players for bringing so much acclaim to Revere softball and representing the city with sportsmanship and grace.