Boys Lacrosse Needed Big Win

Whitman junior Patric Harrington netted 2 goals on the day.
Whitman junior Patric Harrington netted 2 goals on the day.
Vincent Colapinto- #5, slips one by West Babylon’s goalie.
Vincent Colapinto- #5, slips one by West Babylon’s goalie.
Thomas Chimenti- #23, posted 3 goals in the Wildcat win.
Thomas Chimenti- #23, posted 3 goals in the Wildcat win.
Whitman midfielder Kevin Manning was one of many who stepped up for a big day.
Whitman midfielder Kevin Manning was one of many who stepped up for a big day.
Whitman goalie Nevan Naughton with defensemen Alex Remstein, #44 and Keith Morrissey, #9 helped keep West Babylon off their game.
Whitman goalie Nevan Naughton with defensemen Alex Remstein, #44 and Keith Morrissey, #9 helped keep West Babylon off their game.
Midfielder Ryan Muhlstock- #6,  takes his shot at the goal.
Midfielder Ryan Muhlstock- #6, takes his shot at the goal.

They were down and needed a big lift. Beset by injuries to key players, including a season-ending shoulder injury to their top-scoring midfielder Mitchell Bermudez, the Whitman boys lacrosse team, after four consecutive losses, came out hungry and started feasting right away on West Babylon. The score was 3-1 Whitman at the end of the first quarter and 5-1 at the end of the half.

The Wildcats played hard and smart, forcing West Babylon into mistakes and committing few errors. Crisp passing kept the Wildcat attack on their toes, and the ball circled the field looking for the best possible shot. The score was 8-3 ending the third quarter. The momentum, which could change as quickly as the score, stayed in the Wildcats' favor, and they never looked back. The final score of 12-3 Whitman gave the Wildcats a much-needed Division I win.

“I’m really excited about this win because these kids stepped up today and played their hearts out,” said Coach Bob Howell. “We needed this win because we have gotten hit hard recently with injuries, and guys who don’t always see a lot of playing time stepped up and showed what they have.” Scoring for the Wildcats were: Vincent Colapinto, 3 goals/2 assists; Thomas Chimenti, 3 goals/1 assist; Kevin Manning, 2 goals; Patric Harrington, 2 goals; Eddie Krakehl, 2 goals; Jay Palazollo, 1 assist; Keith Morrissey, 1 assist; and Ian Zakow, 1 assist.