Panthers cruise to victory on Senior Day
HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls boys lacrosse team gave their senior players a moment they'll never forget on Saturday morning.
On their senior day, the Panthers put on a scoring clinic, rolling past Voorheesville to a 12-3 victory.
Noah LaBarge, one of the only two seniors, got the Panthers and his special day going right away, scoring the first goal of the game to give Hoosick Falls the early lead.
LaBarge then went from scoring goals to dishing them out, giving out a nice assist on David Everard's goal that broke a 1-1 tie and gave Hoosick Falls back the lead.
"The ball movement on offense was a big key to us getting some scoring opportunities early," LaBarge said. "We always talk about taking the open shot and forcing bad ones, so today if I had the open shot I took it, if I didn't have it I looked to pass it one of my teammates."
Leading 3-1 in the second quarter, LaBarge continued to facilitate, feeding a nice pass to Cole Votra who plunked in his first goal of the game to extend the Panther lead to three.
After LaBarge scored his second goal of the contest, sophomore Guy Milliman added to the Panthers lead, also scoring his second goal of the game to give Hoosick Falls a 6-1 advantage at the half.
In the second half, the Panthers other senior, Remington Hickey, kept the Hoosick Falls offensive onslaught going, first dishing out a nice assist on Justin LaPage's first goal of the contest to begin the third quarter.
The senior then got in on the scoring action for the Panthers, picking up the ground ball and spinning his way into the Voorheesville zone where he punched in his first goal of the game to give Hoosick Falls a 8-1 lead.
"We did good job getting out in transition on offense after getting defensive stands," Hickey said. "I think really helped get the offense flowing and allowed us to create scoring chances for ourselves."
Up 10-3 now in the fourth quarter, Hickey and Milliman put the final touches on the win.
Off a nice pass from Hickey, Milliman drove into the middle of the Voorheesville defense and fired a shot top self into the net for his game-high third goal of the contest to make a 11-3 lead Panther lead.
Hickey then got back into the scoring fold for Hoosick Falls, ripping in his second goal of the game between the post to seal up the Panthers eighth win of the season.
"We played four quarters of good lacrosse today," Milliman said. "Offensively our ball movement and communication was excellent. I think today we saw how much better of a unit we have become."
Everard and LaPage each scored two goals on the day for Hoosick Falls, giving the Panthers five players with two or more goals scored in the win.
Michael Sprague had a terrific day in net for the Panthers, collecting 14 saves in the game.
"Today for the first time all season we played a full four quarters of solid lacrosse and that was huge for us with playoffs coming up next week," said Hoosick Falls coach Mark Marquart. "I think today's game showed how good of a team we can be and we're excited to see how far we can go in the playoffs this season."
With the win, Hoosick Falls improves to 8-6 on the season.
The Panthers will play their final game of the regular season today when they travel to play Schuylerville at 7 p.m.
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