Jeskie, Warnke lead Indians
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Some lacrosse teams have that one stud midfielder or attacker who scores a lot of goals and draws all the attention -- double or even triple teams.
With the Cambridge Central School boys lacrosse team, that strategy is not an option.
Against Maple Hill on Thursday afternoon, Jarred Sausville, Ryan Jeskie and Chris Warnke combined for 11 of the team's 12 goals in a 12-5 victory over the Wildcats.
"It starts with our defense clearing the ball and getting it to the attack," said Sausville, who had four goals. "We're always looking for cutters and trying to get assists on all the goals."
Jeskie had four tallies and Warnke had three.
Cambridge started to assert itself early in the second quarter. After the Wildcats' Austin Seymour scored the second of his three goals on the afternoon to make it 2-1 Maple Hill, Cambridge scored the next five.
First, Jeskie tied the game off an assist from Warnke, then Sausville scored his first of the day 90 seconds later to make it 3-2.
A Maple Hill timeout couldn't staunch the bleeding, as Sausville scored again with an assist from Jeskie for a 4-2 lead. Less than a minute later, the two switched roles with Jeskie tallying again and 17 seconds after that, Cambridge controlled the faceoff and Sausville had a hat trick.
"We struggle on the faceoffs. We lost our main guy early on, so it's figuring out who can do it," said Maple Hill coach Kyle Randall. "Some of the guys are ready to make a difference, some aren't. It's been a learning curve this season, but we're continuing to improve."
Maple Hill (1-10 overall) scored first to open the second half, another goal from Seymour to pull within 6-3, but Brad Geroux scored his second goal of the year 16 seconds later to push the lead back to four.
"We can't let down after a score like that, but they answered goal [for] goal," Randall said. "I give Cambridge credit, they got after us, outworked us on ground balls and scored. It's our goal to get to that point."
Nathan Bryda scored one of his two goals for Maple Hill to make it 7-4, but Cambridge scored three more times before the end of the third quarter -- Warnke twice and Jeskie once.
Sausville put the icing on the cake with his fourth score with 10 minutes left in the game.
"Being consistent is the struggle," Randall said. "Out of 20 guys, we have nine freshman. Effort is important, nothing good happens without effort."
Riley Stefanovich added an assist for Cambridge.
"Ryan started [playing] last year," Sausville said. "[Chris and I have been] playing for a while, but now it's a trio. We help each other out and get to goal."
In net, Christian Hunt was lightly tested, making two saves. For Maple Hill, Trevor Dorwad had eight saves, including a couple of point blank stops.
Cambridge improves to 3-3 and faces Schuylerville at home today.
"[The win] was a big boost, but we have to keep looking forward because we have a big game against Schuylerville," Sausville said.
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