Hudson Valley Sports Report


Lacrosse Team Opens With Nip-And-Tuck Win

By Jack McElduff
HVSR Staff

FREEDOM PLAINS – The Warwick Valley High School boys lacrosse team came into Saturday wanting to make their 60-mile trip to Arlington High School worth it—by securing a key win over the Admirals in its season opener.

It wasn’t always easy, but the Wildcats were able to do just that, as Warwick grinded out a 7-6 non-league win over the Admirals.

Warwick head coach Graig McElroy praised his team for persevering through adversity.

“I think the guys showed a great ability to respond,” McElroy said.

This game proved to be a gritty, defensive affair, but after three quarters, the Wildcats were the only side that appeared to be able to make things happen offensively. As a result, Arlington trailed by three goals as the fourth quarter opened, but the Admirals were able to rally and tie the Wildcats with just several minutes remaining.

However, Jordan Pinskey saved one of his four goals for the final minutes, netting home the go-ahead score with just 1:12 remaining in the contest. Arlington was unable to equalize.

Despite the loss, Admirals head coach Chad Jones was happy with his team’s resolve while being down.

“Our guys played tremendously,” Jones said. “Any time you’re down in a game and you come back with a chance to win it…is phenomenal.”

Arlington’s Nick Cesark, who paced his team with three goals, noted an area of improvement for the Admirals moving forward.

“I think we need to work on our clearing a little more,” Cesark said. “We played well offensively and defensively, but we’ve just got to keep working on our clears in practice.”

Along with Cesark, Rich Finn, Lucas Burghan and Jack Koenitzer found the back of the net for the Admirals.

Warwick’s Tony McGee lauded his team’s ability to grind out the win amid a long road trip.

“Starting on the road is tough,” McGee said. “But stepping it up in the fourth after giving up a couple of goals and then finishing it off…it feels good.”

Following the win, Warwick returns to Orange County for a Monday showdown at Monroe-Woodbury High School. Arlington’s next matchup is Tuesday, April 9, when the Admirals host Scarsdale High School.

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