Cambridge outlasts rival Hoosick Falls in rain
HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls boys lacrosse team gave rival Cambridge a late scare, but it was the Indians that pulled out the season sweep, topping the Panthers 15-12 on Monday afternoon.
Coming off a 16-2 loss in the teams' first matchup of the year, Hoosick Falls was determined to put in a much better effort this time around.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Cambridge led 12-7 and looked to be well on its way to topping its rivals once again.
With the five-goal lead, the Indians decided to rest some of their starters to start the fourth. Most notably, senior goalie Daniel Blanchfield was taken out and Travis Koziol was put in the cage.
Hoosick Falls took advantage of some of the inexperience that the Indians were throwing out there in the early minutes of the quarter. Roman Vyvial scored to cut the lead to four and Liam McGarvin tallied the next goal for the Panthers. Zach Cahill and Jacob Travis scored the next two goals and Hoosick Falls was quickly down just one.
With its lead in jeopardy, Cambridge put its starters back in to finish the job.
"[Hoosick Falls] is a tough team and they're going to come at us hard. We took our foot a little off the pedal," said Indians coach Geoff Hoffer. "We had to buckle back down and get our starters back in and push for the finish. I told the team that [Hoosick Falls] wasn't just going to sit and take a loss."
According to McGarvin, the Panthers comeback effort was keyed on the defensive end of the field.
"We worked really well as a team. Our goalie [Tanner Music] really kept us together as a team," McGarvin said. "Kids were starting to lose hope when we were down, but our defense came together and our offense had some pretty good shots on goal. We didn't get the win, but we played well as a team today.
Once the starters were back in, the Indians got back to the style of play they had been playing throughout the first three quarters and a few goals late put the game out of reach.
After coming back into the game, Blanchfield made a pair of critical saves for Cambridge. The senior netminder was strong all game long, tallying 11 saves on the day.
In rainy conditions like Monday's game, the challenge of goaltending is even harder and Blanchfield was up to the task.
"The crease was real muddy and he was slipping and sliding," Hoffer said. "[Daniel] did a phenomenal job. He just had to get a body in front of the ball because you can hardly move in the crease."
Soyer Mattson did a great job early in the game to give Cambridge an advantage. The Panthers struggled to cover the tall attacker and Mattson made his chances count, scoring the first three goals of the game, ending with five on the day.
"He was seeing the looks and we were driving his guy off of him," Hoffer said. "Early in the season, he may not have made the good shot on the doorstep, but he was just doing a good job of finishing the ball in the right place around the crease."
Cambridge led by three goals heading into the half and led by as much as five, before Hoosick's comeback.
Jamie Olvera led all scorers with six goals, doing so on just six shots. Olvera scored two in the first half, but was especially strong late, scoring four in the second half, two of which in the closing minutes to put the game of reach.
"We're just real happy with [Jamie's] hustle," Hoffer said. "He was a leader out there today and made smart plays."
Cambridge plays Lansingburgh Wednesday at home.
Hoosick Falls finishes its regular season on Wednesday on the road against Greenwich.
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