SCARSDALE – There was actual crowd noise each time Will Cabrera got loose and looked at the cage.
It’s a noteworthy development in and of itself.
There hasn’t been much to cheer about in recent years, but the boys lacrosse program at Scarsdale is relevant again. A good season got exponentially better on Tuesday with an 11-7 win over Rye.
Nobody expected the Raiders to reel off seven in a row to start the spring.
“There’s been a lot of talk about lacrosse around school,” said Cabrera, who had three goals and two assists. “Posters have been going up. There’s been little hashtags going around, so it’s a great time here.”
Seth Thornton, Elliot Graham and Cabrera each scored a goal in the opening minutes to get Scarsdale rolling. The Garnets answered with two. Cabrera ended the quarter by sneaking a shot under the crossbar.
“I couldn’t wait to see how we’d play,” said Raiders coach Brendan Curran, whose team went 2-14 last year. “I love going to practice. I love going to every game, but I knew today was special.”
Graham extended the lead two minutes into the second, then standout freshman Andrew Bernstein made it a 6-2 cushion.
Rye wasn’t able to answer with a string of goals.
Cabrera is a catalyst. The senior attackman is back home after spending two years on the other side of the border, playing at Hill Academy.
“I played on varsity here my freshman year and we had a tough season,” the Yale commit said. “I wanted to have a better lacrosse experience so I moved up to Toronto and played at Hill Academy under Brodie Merrill. I was up there for two years and it was a great place for me as a player to grow and learn that much more about lacrosse.
“I missed my family and friends. I wanted to come back home and make an impact and graduate from Scarsdale.”
He’s been on a tear from the start, but is not doing it alone.
Graham and Bernstein are threats with the ball. A mix-and-match defense is becoming more and more dependable, too.
“Jeremy Wolfe made some great saves today,” Curran said. “We have two converted attackmen playing defense, Robbie Keith and Dan Patrizio. We moved our goalie from last year, Stephen Nicholas, onto the field.”
Player of the game: Cabrera. When he wasn’t scoring, the senior attackman was drawing a quick slide. He also picked up a team-high six ground balls.
Turning point: Ryan Kirkpatrick scored a man-up goal to get Rye within 10-7 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but Cabrera set up Cooper Schneider for an easy goal less than 30 seconds later to halt any thoughts of a comeback.
Stat line: Graham added three goals and one assist for the Raiders. … Thornton won 13 of 20 faceoffs. … Kirkpatrick led Rye with three goals.
Quotable: “I think a lot of people are excited now because we’re having a good year,” Curran said. “We’re blessed with some really special players, I mean, Will Cabrera, you don’t have a lot of kids in the area who have that Canadian experience. That adds a lot to the program.”