A boring summer day led to an infatuation with lacrosse for Lakeside High School’s Bernie Silverstein.
On that summer day before starting high school, Silverstein received a phone call from friend and current teammate Eric Angelisanti, who asked Silverstein to attend a lacrosse tryout with him. The pair went to Kroger Field, now Evans Towne Center Park, to take a clinic run by Lakeside High head lacrosse coach Ron Ritter.
“I fell in love with it,” said Silverstein, who added that it was the first team sport he ever played. “What really grabbed me was my friends were playing and I just kept playing and just enjoyed it.”
Since he started, Silverstein has matured into a go-to player for the Panthers.
“He’s our best defenseman in the past three years. ... I’ve never seen him give less than 100 percent on the field,” Ritter said.
The team’s two-time captain leads the defense.
“The mindset I like to get in is controlling what play we’re doing ... zone defense or (man-to-man),” Silverstein said. “I have to scan the field and see what kind of offense they’re in. My mindset is always just to make sure everybody is in the right spot.
“It’s my job to get the ball and get it to the offense so they can score.”
The team lost to crosstown rival Greenbrier on Friday with a berth in the 2012 A-AAAA boys state lacrosse tournament on the line.
Now Silverstein must decide where to continue playing lacrosse.
“I’m looking at Emmanuel College. It’s not official yet,” Silverstein said. “I’m still talking to coaches. Hopefully, I’ll get a letter of intent and get something signed soon.”