Undefeated Staples boys lacrosse tops Mamaroneck
For the second time in three games, the Staples boys lacrosse team took on a team from New York that gave the Wreckers all they could handle a year ago.
And for the second time, Staples was able to cruise by its Empire State opponent with a lockdown defensive effort.
Despite falling behind in the second quarter, Staples cruised past Mamaroneck 11-7 on Saturday afternoon. Led by Ross Goldberg (three goals, two assists) in attack, the Wreckers improved to 5-0 this season.
"Playing teams from out of state are always fun, especially teams like Mamaroneck that know how to play good lacrosse," Staples captain Lucas Jackson said. "It's a pleasure to play against good players, programs and coaches."
The Tigers (3-5) went 14-5 last year playing a primarily Westchester County schedule, and defeated the Wreckers 6-5 last year. Staples took down St. John the Baptist 13-5 on Tuesday.
"We've been gearing up for this game for a while," Staples coach Paul McNulty said. "We knew they were going to be one of the better teams we've played. Their record doesn't show how well they can play."
Staples yielded four straight goals bridging the first and second quarters to fall behind 4-2 before fighting back. Sophomore Tanner Wood started the run with a goal with 4:02 left in the second quarter, and goals by Matt Johnson, Ethan Burger and Michael Reale gave the Wreckers a 6-4 halftime lead.
"They were playing hard but they weren't play smart," McNulty said. "You have to do both against a good team; we started to have less penalties and more ball movement and that was the different."
The Wreckers won the second half opening faceoff and Goldberg finished 10 seconds later to push the advantage to 7-4. Tucker Bobrow scored to make it 9-5 entering the final eight minutes.
Mamaroneck had a man-up for the first minute of the fourth, but couldn't convert and Staples spent most of the period winding out the clock. Goldberg and Connor Chamberlin scored nine seconds apart midway through the fourth to seal the win.
Jackson helped the Wreckers clamp down on the Tigers attackers after some success early in the contest.
"It was more about communication, we let a lot of open goals in front of the cage," Jackson said. "They have an incredibly good offense. Once we figured out how to deal with (their attackers) we figured out how to deal with their whole offense."
"He's picked up his stuff; overall he's been an incredible weapon," Jackson said. "He's holding his own and making an impact."