Indians no match for Witches


CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- It was one of those days that the Cambridge Central School boys lacrosse team will want to forget -- and quickly.

Coming off a night game on Thursday in which leading scorer Chris Warnke picked up an injury, the Indians returned to action on Friday against the Wasaren League leader Greenwich and, from the first whistle onward, it was all Witches, who rolled to a 15-2 win.

"Greenwich put on a clinic for us," said Cambridge coach Tom Pillsworth. "They played one of their best games of the year and we played one of our worst."

Less than two minutes into the first quarter, Jack Pemrick started the scoring for Greenwich on an unassisted effort he tucked into the bottom corner around goalie Christian Hunt.

It would take five minutes before Greenwich struck again, but the Witches seemed to have possession in their attacking zone for the duration of the time, eventually leading to another solo effort, this time by Glen Taylor, to make it 2-0.

"We have had a difficult time getting a sense of the other team [this year]," said Greenwich coach Bob Sipperly. "So we wanted to try and instill our control, our offense, get our things going and take it right to them."

Greenwich struck three more times in the quarter, with all three coming in less than a two-minute span, with Denny Dauphin, Hayden Stalter and Garrett Carraga finding the cage to make it 5-0.

Cambridge, still unable to maintain possession for a lengthy spell, finally found a breakthrough with 45 seconds left in the first.

Taking it into the offensive zone, Max Ratelle found Nate Gates on the left post of goalie Adam Thomas' goal and Gates made no mistakes, firing in to cut the lead to 5-1 going into the second.

Cambridge got the next chance to change the score, with Ryan Jeskie finding space to get a shot off only for the ball to go just wide of the post.

The lone goal in the second came with just under six minutes left as Stalter found Ryan Saunders for a shot.

"There is no explaining it, there is no getting around it," Pillsworth said. "I told our whole team, other than the goalie, no one played a good game. We have some good players, and they will do well in the future, but this is one of those cases ... we are putting this behind us and looking forward."

In the third, things got worse for Cambridge as Greenwich slotted home five goals to take a 11-1 lead.

Cambridge finally mustered another goal when Jeskie found Jarred Sausville for an easy look. Greenwich scored the final three goals of the game, including a snipe from the top of the attacking area from long pole defender Mike Braudan, which capped the scoring.

Taylor and Pemrick each finished with three goals for Greenwich, while Taylor added three assists. Saunders, Carraga and Stalter each had two goals in the win. Hunt finished with 12 saves for Cambridge.

"We have a lot of ninth and tenth graders that are stepping up, and that is the key," Sipperly said. "[We] don't worry about who [we] are going to pass it to and take a shot. It's getting to the point that everyone is having more confidence with one another, and that will pay dividends down the road."

For Pillsworth, the loss of Warnke put the team behind before the game even started.

"Chris has scored half of our goals all season. We lost half our goals, and it takes something out of our team," he said. "We are the smallest school in Section II lacrosse. We couldn't fill that void, and they knew that. As much as they had the right attitude and wanted to play hard, we didn't have it to compete with Greenwich."

Pillsworth and the Indians will have another shot at topping the Witches on Tuesday when the Indians return to action. Cambridge falls to 4-3 on the year while Greenwich improves to 5-2.


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