The Rams were giving the Warriors trouble early on. Executing their game plan. Not giving up much space.
But once the sixth-seeded Wappingers boys lacrosse team found some openings and took some shots, the tides turned. Erasing a one-goal deficit after the first quarter, the host Warriors defeated No. 11 Carmel High School, 10-4, in a Section 1 Class A opening round game Monday.
They will now take on third-seeded Mamaroneck, which received a first-round bye, on the road on Wednesday.
“It’s a team we haven’t seen yet and that’s been in the upper echelon,” Wappingers coach Brian Kuczma said of Mamaroneck. “They’ve won a section title and they’re one of those teams that would be a great win for our program if we play well and come away with it.”
Jack Decker was on top of the Warriors’ offense against Carmel. He took nine shots on goal, seven of which found the back of the net. He added an assist.
“That’s a great shooting percentage,” Kuczma said of Decker. “Once he found openings and got in front of the cage, he was able to put them between the pipes.”
Teammate Travis Ventura provided reinforcements with two goals, while James Pratt added a goal and an assist. Jake Shaw handed out five assists, while goalie Emad Jamal made six saves.
The Warriors won 14 of 19 draws and their defense held the Rams scoreless in the second quarter.
“Possession was a big key,” Kuczma added. “We started winning more faceoffs and that gave our offense more opportunities.”
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