The Warriors built it. Now they hope the wins will come.
After months of planning and fund-raising, Our Lady of Lourdes High School christened its new, artificial-turf athletic facility on Tuesday with the boys lacrosse team’s 7-6 overtime loss to Washingtonville in non-league play.
“It was exciting, a great thing to be a part of,” said coach Chris Malet, who got three goals from Andrew Bulson and one each from three other Warriors. “It’s something that will never happen again. It’s the first-ever game that counted.”
A 1994 Lourdes graduate, Malet said he was honored to be part of Tuesday’s opening competition at the new complex.
“The facility is gorgeous. Being an alum, it’s exciting to have a field on campus,” said the coach, noting Lourdes for decades has had to travel to host sports like soccer, football and now lacrosse. “We’re lucky to have it and be able to use it.”
As for Lourdes’ season opener, Malet said his second-year varsity program showed signs of improvement. The Warriors simply came up a goal short of victory, he said.
“I saw a willingness to come back from a deficit,” said Malet, whose Warriors gave up the game’s first three goals before taking a 6-5 lead. “We’ve learned to fight back. We just haven’t learned to win yet.”