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The 11th-hour decision by Cayuga Community College (NY) not to field a team this spring, first reported on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider section Monday, has left a void in opposing teams’ schedules — and the college careers of its players.
One such player is Anthony Irizarry from Middletown HS in Section 9 (NY).
Irizarry, an attackman/midfielder for Cayuga, first learned the news early Friday evening before the team’s scheduled 7 p.m. practice.
“I did have some idea that it was a possibility because we had low numbers and our coach (former UPenn standout J.T. Pitcher) kept stressing to go around school and recruit,” Irizarry said. “But I never thought it would really come to this point. Especially only a week into the season. Limited guys or not, the guys we did have were very good lacrosse players.”
Including Irizarry, an all-conference standout and team captain for Middletown who had 46 goals and 33 assists his senior year, leading the team in goals, assists and points, and helping Middletown earn its first playoff appearance in school history.
In his freshman year at Cayuga, Irizarry was second on the team in goals with 19 and led the squad in assists (21) and points (40).
Now, Irizarry and his Cayuga teammates are scrambling to find new schools to play collegiate lacrosse.
“When we were first told about the season being canceled, I was highly upset, frustrated and overall heartbroken,” Irizarry said. “The whole team was upset. … We were all working hard and you could see the improvement day by day.”
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