For years, Carmel had been like a hole in the middle of a donut. Surrounded by schools with established programs such as Mahopac, Brewster, Yorktown, Somers, Danbury and Ridgefield, Carmel remained the last lacrosse holdout.
Until now, that is.
The Rams will be fielding a varsity team for the first time this spring.
It’s been quite a progression. The sport made its debut at the school when it debuted as a modified program in 2008, as 70 boys tried out for that team.
Glenn Palmieri, who coached that modified team and the Rams’ JV team the last two seasons, is the head varsity coach.
Though this scenario is brand-new at Carmel, Palmieri has been down that road before.
“I played on the first team at Somers (back in 1996),” Palmieri said. “So I know what the kids are going through.”
Palmieri also has varsity coaching experience. He also was an assistant coach to Craig Solomon at Hen Hud.
In fact, the first game in Carmel varsity history, set for March 29, will be against Hen Hud.
The Carmel-Mahopac rivalry will come to lax for the first time on April 7, at Mahopac.
Palmieri will be assisted by Paul Brennan. Former Yorktown High School and Syracuse University star Matt Caione is the head coach of Carmel’s JV team.
“We have a very physical team that works hard,” Palmieri said. “They’re a very green group, but I feel we will surprise some people.”
Here’s a look at the Rams’ inaugural schedule:
Tue – 3/29/2011 4:30 PM HENDRICK HUDSON
Thu – 3/31/2011 4:15 PM @ KENNEDY CATHOLIC
Tue – 4/5/2011 4:30 PM PEEKSKILL
Thu – 4/7/2011 4:30 PM @ MAHOPAC HS
Sat – 4/9/2011 11:00 AM @ WAPPINGERS
Thu – 4/14/2011 6:30 PM NORTH SALEM
Tue – 4/26/2011 4:30 PM WAPPINGERS
Thu – 4/28/2011 4:30 PM @ PEEKSKILL
Sat – 4/30/2011 11:00 AM @ HALDANE
Tue – 5/3/2011 4:30 PM HALDANE
Thu – 5/5/2011 4:30 PM KENNEDY CATHOLIC
Tue – 5/10/2011 4:30 PM DANBURY
Thu – 5/12/2011 4:30 PM @ ARLINGTON
Sat – 5/14/2011 4:00 PM @ NORTH SALEM HS
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