Huskies clip Eagles

By MIKE SMITH

Eastchester’s Rob Lalli pushes the ball upfield against J.J. Tenner on May 16. Harrison avenged an early-season loss to the Eagles in the first round.

Eastchester’s Rob Lalli pushes the ball upfield against J.J. Tenner on May 16. Harrison avenged an early-season loss to the Eagles in the first round.

The Eastchester lacrosse season may have come to an end on May 16, but second-year coach Steve Lennon said the Eagles’ success in 2014 is proof the program is headed in the right direction.

Eastchester’s strong play this year earned the team a home game in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Unfortunately for local fans, the team’s first-round opponent would be a tough Harrison squad just starting to come into its own. Although Eastchester handed the Huskies a loss a few weeks ago, this time it was Harrison who would come out on top with a strong second-half effort.

“This was a tough one for us,” Lennon said. “I think their goalie played amazing and this is a team that has Division-I caliber guys…when they’re a 12-seed, that’s a tough draw for us.”

Jake Marino—who only played one half against Eastchester in the regular season—had five goals to lead Harrison. Huskies’ goalie Stephen Forrest made 14 saves in the win.

“Their goalie played great,” Lennon said. “He made a lot of big saves.”

Eastchester middie Anthony Sala looks to create some separation against Jake Davidoff. The Huskies controlled the tempo and took good shots in their win over the Eagles.

Eastchester middie Anthony Sala looks to create some separation against Jake Davidoff. The Huskies controlled the tempo and took good shots in their win over the Eagles.

Harrison won its quarterfinal game against Sleepy Hollow before ultimately falling in the semifinals against a particularly good Yorktown team.

Lennon was pleased with the way his team played all season and believes the Eagles have a chance to take a big leap forward next year. Although the team will bid adieu to top scorer Rob Lalli, the Eastchester coach said there is no shortage of returning players, including John Archidiacono and John Guido, who will look to continue Lalli’s legacy.

“These kids are going to be very good players, they’re still young,” he said. “They’re going to be big offensive threats as their skill level improves.”

Most important, Lennon said, will be the return of Eagles’ goalie Wayne Hoffman, who played brilliantly this year.

“He was one of [the best], if not the best player on the team,” Lennon said. “And with brothers Ryan and John Bloom back on defense, things are looking good for next year.”

Matt Allegretti controls the ball against Eastchester on May 16.

Matt Allegretti controls the ball against Eastchester on May 16.

As he prepares for his third year at the helm of the program, Lennon said he hopes the players will continue to buy-in to the off-season workouts as Eastchester hopes to transform itself into a Section I power.

“We have everyone committed to working in the offseason, but now we want to take it to the next level,” he said. “Cardio every day, working on stick skills; these are what we’re going to need to be doing to take it there.”

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Stephen Forrest makes a save against the Eagles. Over the last few games, Forrest has been dominant in goal. Photos/Mike Smith

Stephen Forrest makes a save against the Eagles. Over the last few games, Forrest has been dominant in goal. Photos/Mike Smith

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Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.