The Sachem North Boys Lacrosse team opened up its 2013 season yesterday by looking solid in a scrimmage against Eastport-South Manor High School in Manorville.
The defense stiffened in the second half, pitching a shutout, while the offense came alive and found the back of the net multiple times in the third and fourth quarters. The scrimmage was unofficiated, nor was a final score kept, however Patch tallied an unofficial score of 10-3 in favor of North.
The game was a warmup for a team that heads into this season with some inexperience at certain positions, according to Head Coach Jason Mauro.
"We're young, but we have a lot of kids that worked hard," Mauro said. "Today what we got out of the game is that we got to play against somebody else, which was a huge help for us. We got better today, and if we keep getting better, we're going to be alright."
The team seemed to get its feet and its rhythm going in the second half, after some tighter play earlier in the game. Mauro said the team has good depth and was able to move the ball around more to create those scoring opportunities.
"We played four or five sophomore middies that got playing time and they got better and better as the first half went on and into the second half."
Offensively the team lost three starting attackman from last year's team that made the playoffs and defeated Bay Shore. Mauro said replacing them is going to be a challenge going into this campaign, but with majority of the defense coming back he remains confident.
Starting goaltenders John Quinn and Dylan Ciolino, both seniors, will be back in the cage this year for North. Junior Mike Calvagna, a top faceoff specialist committed to playing for Stony Brook, will be returning to the team this year.
Mauro said the team will be relying on many of its seniors to lead the charge for the Flaming Arrows. Some of those seniors include: Shane DeBoer, Matt Batelli, Tyler Andreassi, James Rath, Tyler Witt and Connor Harris.
The team's next scrimmage is scheduled for March 19 against Elwood/John Glenn.