They were due, one could say.
For the Wappingers boys lacrosse team, after having not beaten its archrival in almost seven years, it was about time. See, that eight-game losing streak against Arlington High School had spanned a rebuilding phase, seasons during which the Warriors just weren’t good enough and last year, when inexperience was a disadvantage in the playoffs.
It was kind of like a big brother putting his pesky sibling in a headlock. Well, lil’ bro had a growth spurt.
Jake Shaw scored three goals and dished two assists, leading Wappingers in a 9-5 win over host Arlington on Thursday. James Pratt also had three goals as the Warriors earned their first win over the Admirals since 2009.
Wappingers assistant coach Jack Molfetta was on that on 2009 Warriors team and “he brought it up to the team about how long it had been,” head coach Brian Kuczma said. “The kids were aware of the streak.”
There wasn’t much celebration, though. Instead, Kuczma said, his team maintained its business-as-usual demeanor. “Yes, we got that monkey off our backs, but they understand this isn’t it,” Kuczma said of his team, which improved to 8-0. “There’s a long way to go.”
But, this still was a crucial step as Wappingers continues to build. Travis Ventura scored twice, Carl Volk had a goal, Billy Biegun added an assist and Emad Jamal made 10 saves in the win.
Mike Genualdo scored three goals and Jacob Azukas had 12 saves for Arlington.
Harrison Kaplan and Danny Diedrich led a stifling defense, which helped the Warriors build a 7-1 halftime lead.
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