The Boys Varsity Lacrosse team's season ended with a 14-9 loss to Wantagh (a team that ultimately beat the number one team in the county to take the Nassau County Conference B title). The Vikings gave it a good shot and, despite trailing 8-2 at the half, gave the Warriors a scare with a strong second half at the conference semifinals "on the turf" at Hofstra University.
The team has nothing to be ashamed of though. They put together a strong season - a far better one than had been predicted back in March.
When the 2000 season ended pundits lamented that with the strong crop of seniors graduating, this year's team would be considerably weaker. Instead, this team, led by a few strong seniors but filled with skilled, capable juniors and some sophomores, played well together and compiled an impressive record. Highlights of the season included an exciting OT win over MacArthur, a victory over a favored Long Beach team, a nip and tuck win over Floral Park and a come-from-behind win in the playoffs over MacArthur.
As was the case last year, the team will be losing some strong seniors - outstanding goalie Nick Dello-Iacono, scoring leader Donald Wilson, hard-hitting middie Spencer Bodner, finisher Jose Galeano and steady defenseman Jon Ross. Also moving on will be seniors Ben Benfield, Chris Cahn, Marc Ross, Pablo Sepulveda and Matt Yukelson.
But looking forward, coach Ken Case and assistant coach Mike Gallagher have a strong group of battle-tested juniors and sophomores to work with next season. Face-off specialist Mike Cosolito and fellow middies Ray Ross, Danny Maher, Sean Kehlenbeck, Jeremy Francis and John Oliva will be back next season as will top-scoring attackmen Doug Lutin and Pat Mulqueen and sophomore Sean Lowes. The defense will be led by goalie Scott Udell, who proved he thrives on pressure situations, outstanding defenseman and longstick middie Bobby Ogrudeck, the ever-steady Scott Schnipper, Chris Koh and rookies Dan Goetz, Dave Katz and Vince Zorskas.
This doesn't even include the handful of sophomores and freshmen who were brought up during the end of the season. All in all this looks to be a pretty strong team next season, when this year's juniors step into leadership roles.
Schreiber High School has a strong lacrosse heritage and the 2001 team did its part to uphold that tradition. It is hoped that the "02 crew" will be even better.