I have to admit to being a bit taken aback at what I saw as soon as I walked toward the football field at the Irvington High School/Middle School complex.
The green and white was familiar. The lacrosse attire was not.
You see, lacrosse is a new phenomenon at IHS, which is my alma mater. And today was the first time I ever caught the Bulldogs playing the sport.
I remember we would all get excited the days when we got to play lacrosse in gym class. Now, Irvington is in the midst of a breakout season in just its third year at the varsity level and first year at the JV level.
The Bulldogs improved to 9-0 today by picking up a 7-4 win over Eastchester.
Who would’ve thought that on May 12, the only unbeaten team in Section 1 boys lax would be Irvington?
Irvington jumped in front right away as J.P. Staropoli scored the first of his team-leading two goals off a feed from Peter Crisara just 1:19 into the game. The Bulldogs, who built a 3-0 lead, never trailed.
“We lost to them last year 8-2, so we wanted everyone to know we’re a different team now,” Crisara, a junior midfielder, said.
The Bulldogs, who went 9-7 last season, certainly are. They’re led by Crisara, a strong and athlete faceoff/groundball machine, as well as Staropoli, a savvy senior attackman and the team’s leading returning scorer, and relentless goaltender Dan Glantz, who made 12 saves against the Eagles. Senior James Sears anchors the defense.
Former Somer standout Drew Werney, who played at Stony Brook University, is enjoying the kind of debut any first-year coach would envy.
“Coach came in and really emphasized fundamentals,” Staropoli said. “He makes sure we play to our potential. And having Dan (Glantz) is huge. He keeps us in every game.”
After five-more regular season games, Irvington will prepare for sectionals. Werney is trying to schedule a scrimmage against a more established power-league team to help his team prepare.
“We want to put Irvington lacrosse on the map,” Glantz said.
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