Beginnings can be misleading.
That surely was the case with Wednesday’s high school boys lacrosse game at Mattituck High School. Center Moriches scored on its first two shots and held a 2-0 lead 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the Suffolk County Division II game.
That may have summed up John Amato’s initial reaction when he heard that New York State’s high school boys lacrosse system was to be divided this year into four classes instead of three, as it had been. It means Class D has been added to Classes A, B and C. While Amato’s Mattituck/Greenport/Southold team remains a Class C team, the playing field in that class became notably tougher.
Reaching the Suffolk County Class C final for the first time last year was an exciting thing for the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold boys lacrosse team. However, the Tuckers were looking for more this time around when they returned to the title game on Wednesday. One gets the sense that losing to Babylon in the county final for the second straight year is already getting old for them.
It can also serve as motivation for next year. READ
In Suffolk County boys lacrosse, the road to a Class C championship runs squarely through Babylon. With previous champions like Shoreham-Wading River, Mount Sinai and John Glenn bumped up to Class B, it has been the Panthers feasting on the remaining competition. READ
Now that the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school boys lacrosse team is back on the big stage, coach John Amato doesn’t want the Tuckers to get stage fright.
The question of which was more annoying, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold boys lacrosse uniforms with the digital camo numbers that were difficult to read from a distance or the tiny insects flying around in the still, humid air, was up for debate.
For a high school boys lacrosse team that is noticeably quieter than last year, Mattituck/Greenport/Southold sure has been making a lot of noise.
When Tim Schmidt was asked what the biggest difference is between last year’s team and the current version, the senior attack didn’t hesitate to bring up the change in volume.
The start was a little too bumpy for Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s liking, but before long the Tuckers smoothed things out.
Talk about daunting tasks. Travis Baskin’s new job is a challenge, to say the least. Baskin is Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School’s fourth boys lacrosse coach in as many years.
Perhaps no sport is more dependent on momentum than lacrosse.
When you’re on a roll, you can’t afford to give it up.
When you don’t have it, you’re desperate to grab it.