EASTCHESTER, N.Y. Last season, the Eastchester High School boys lacrosse team was blown out in its season opener.
This year started on a better note, as the Eagles held on to defeat Pearl River, 6-5, on Tuesday.
Last year we came out our first game and got smacked the first game of the year, said senior goalie Joe Arcidiacono. So it was important for us to come out here and win our first game and make a statement because last year thats not who we were. And this year we wanted to come out and show everybody that were better than everybody thinks.
The Eagles stuck it out through a back-and-forth four quarters on a chilly but sunny afternoon. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first quarter and added a second goal 12 seconds into the second quarter.
Pearl River tied it at two later in the quarter but Eastchester scratched across another goal before Pearl River tied it again. That pattern continued until the Eagles opened up a two-goal lead late in the fourth quarter.
Pearl River cut it to one and had the ball in the final 45 seconds with a chance to tie. But Nick Carlisto broke up a pass and the Eagles denied Pearl River on their final possession to end the game.
I saw the ball on the ground and we had the opportunity to pick it up, Arcidiacono said. Even though they got it, it still killed some time with a little bit of time left in the game. So it was just stress off everybodys back when we saw the ball hit the ground.
The Eagles had to kill off two two-man down situations on Tuesday. Head coach Lawrence Petriccione agreed with the fans in attendance who called the game a nail-biter.
Their goalie played phenomenal. I mean, he must have had upwards of 20 saves, Petriccione said. Our guys were getting looks and taking good shots. Good, hard shots. Good placement. And he was making saves. It was kind of a stalemate in a lot of ways in terms of what they were doing defensively and what we were doing offensively.
Its extremely early in the season, but Petriccione took away some encouraging signs from the win.
We possessed the ball for nearly three quarters, if not more, Petriccione said. So definitely our offense has shown that they can possess the ball, they can run offense and thats only going to get better as the year goes on.Here is the box score, submitted by Elan Kheyman: Points & Saves: Eastchester 8, Tom Cirillo 1 goal, 1 assist 11, Rob Carinci, 3 goals, 1 assist 14, Matt Power 2 goals 22, Rob Lalli 1 assist 2, Joe Arcidiacono, 14 saves Pearl River- 34 Kyle Mcdonald 2 goals 8 Chris McGarry 2 goal 10, Matt Boso 1 goal 1assist 27, Kyle Lakowski 25 savesScore by Period: 1st - E1 PV 12nd - E2, PV 23rd - E2, PV 14th - E1, PV 1Eastchester wins 6-5
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