LAXERS FLY PAST HAWKS 16-4
Story-Nick Scribe-Courtesy HCCC
Utica, NY – The Generals outplayed their archrival Mohawk Valley CC Hawks on the MV campus Saturday afternoon. The visitors from Herkimer hit their stride in the second quarter and went on to earn a 16-4 victory. It was the laxers’ third win in a row.
It was a good day for lacrosse. The almost-spring day had plenty of sunshine and blue sky. The temperature was in the upper 40s at game time. Just a bit north of the lacrosse site, the Lady Hawks were hosting a softball game.
The grass surface of the lax field was clear and ready for play, although it was not as smooth as it will be later in the season. The game was the Generals’ first outing on natural grass this season.
The contest got under way, and the hosts drew first blood, scoring near the four-minute mark. Two minutes later, Herkimer attacker Berek Martichuski evened the score at 1-1 after taking a pass from freshman Kamm David.
Mohawk Valley, however, kept up the pressure, and the Generals were not playing to their potential. The Hawks took the lead again on a good bounced shot with 6:37 remaining. A minute later, Martichuski ran a curl from behind the goal and fired home his second goal of the game. He was only getting warmed up.
The Herkimer Ten started to become more focused and quick-reacting as the first quarter was ending. When the second quarter began, HCCC was a different team. They scored just 14 seconds into the stanza and went on to score five more second-quarter goals after that.
The first tally of that second-quarter six-pack came when Joe Lopopolo attacked from the right, then passed to Martichuski, who scored. Jace Sowden found the net a minute later. Only a great save by MV goalie Evan Thompson stopped Kamm David.
Both goalies were playing well, but Herkimer was finding ways to get through the Hawk defense. Sowdon scored with a sizzling shot from 20 yards out. David scored again, and the score at halftime was Herkimer 8 – Mohawk Valley 2.
Suits scored Herkimer’s first goal of the final quarter. The Generals upped the score to 14-2 before the Hawks could score their first goal since the first quarter. MV made it 14-3 from close in, and 14-4 on a 15-yarder with 5:23 left. But the Generals’ defense held from that point on, and the HCCC offense netted two more goals.
Head Coach Jamie Ireland sent in Richard Ferrucci to tend goal for the final minutes. The Hawks had one good attack during that period, and Ferrucci made a sweet save on a tricky shot that was low to his left.
The game ended 16-4, Herkimer.
After the game Assistant Coach Kiel Adams had praise for the team’s play in the final three-quarters. “We started to play like ourselves in the second quarter,” said Adams. He added, “Nick DePalo had a very good game at right wing.Pete Duggan had a big day winning faceoffs. And Coop played very well – he always does.
The General’s record in this young season is now 3-2. Their next game will be on Wednesday when they host the SUNY Delhi Broncos under the Wehrum Stadium lights at 7:00 p.m.