The Valley Central boys’ lacrosse team avenged one of its regular-season losses during the Section 9 Class B but not a second as they fell, 18-6, to the top-seeded Warwick Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in the championship game.
The Wildcats, who finished 12-3, were undefeated against Section 9 competition, only losing to Section 1 opponents Yorktown, Stepinac and North Rockland.
They previously beat the Vikings, 12-6, on May 12.
“I thought the first quarter was OK,” Valley Central coach Tom Stoddard said. “And then once the transition started, we knew that was what we had to keep them away from because they were very good, especially in transition. But once they started doing that, it got out of hand.”
The Wildcats took an early 2-0 led before Jack Sherry got the Vikings on the board, but Warwick got two more to finish the quarter and then outscored the Vikings’ 7-2 in the second quarter.
James Conklin scored five goals for the Wildcats, while Erik Vogt had three goals and two assists. Sean Cosgrove had two goals and two assists, while Dan Thorson had a goal and an assist.
J.T. Orlando, Kevin Walker, Ryan Nevins, Nick DeMarco, Rob Nelson, Dan Colavito and Dan Keneally had a goal each. Pat Roderka had an assist and goalkeeper Luke Solan made five saves and Dylan Feller made one in the second half.
Dan McClure led the Vikings with three of their six goals. Randy Rosario had a goal and an assist. Connor Stafford also had a goal. Carter Laughman had an assist.
The Vikings outlasted both the lighting and the second-seeded Cornwall Dragons on Wednesday for a 12-9 victory, avenging a 9-6 loss on May 10.
“We had a plan going in defensively on how to stop a few of their key guys,” Stoddard said. “And then offensively, that was probably one of our best offensive games we had all season where I think we had five or six guys who had all scored points. That hadn’t happened all year and that was a big part of it.”
Like everyone else, the Vikings had a short preseason and crammed about 15 regular season games in about 40 days. Usually, the lacrosse regular season starts in March, about a week or so before the rest of the spring sports begin.
“They did phenomenal because if you look at our record, we shouldn’t have been here,” Stoddard said. “We had some losses that the kids learned from, and that’s why we got to where we’re at. They learned and they got better throughout the season. They knew they had to get better to make it here, and that was our goal.”
The Vikings are losing 11 seniors that Stoddard said was very accepting of the underclassmen. The returning underclassmen are expected to return next year, a season that expects to be a little bit more normal.
“Like the senior group, they’re just trying to get better each day for a playoff run,” Stoddard said. “Which is what we’re trying to do, and we did. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what we wanted it to be.”