A cut down on penalties and dominance on draws made the difference for the Franklin D. Roosevelt boys lacrosse team Tuesday.
The Presidents beat James I. O’Neill 13-9 in Hyde Park. Roosevelt, which won 17 of 18 faceoffs, was only penalized three times as opposed to the eight penalties it took in its last game against Pine Bush. Coach Dan Hushion said less time in the penalty box gave the offense a better chance to execute.
“I thought it was a big improvement from our last time out against Pine Bush,” Hushion said. “We were much more disciplined on defense. We cut down on penalties, which provided the offense with more opportunities.”
Aidan Burkhard and Nick Williams took full advantage of the scoring chances. Burkhard led Roosevelt with five goals and two assists while Nick Williams tallied three goals.
Kevin Wise, Wyatt Kelly, J.T. Matyas, Tyler LeClerc and Jack Hamel each scored one goal. Anthony Pedatella and Trevor Souza both distributed an assist.
In front of the cage in his first career start, Mike Funigiello made nine saves.
The Presidents (1-1) travel to Red Hook at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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