Vestal Boy's Lacrosse Looks To Rewrite HistoryPosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - After arguably the best win in Vestal boys lacrosse program history on Saturday, the No. 8 Golden Bears are back in the same spot they were in back in 2017. The team prepares for the Class B state semifinal game against No. 4 ranked power house, Victor High School.
"We've been the underdogs all year" said Vestal's head coach Chris Dutkowsky.
A lot of people had question marks next to the Golden Bears in the early season. Getting defeated badly by Liverpool, Corning and Chenango Forks.
"Our loss to Chenango Forks was a big wake up call" said Chris. "From there, everything changed and we decided to become a group and stopped waiting for one guy to do everything.
Here comes the phrase, it's not how you start but how you finish. Vestal has won ten of their last eleven games, finding their balance and consistency.
That offensive balance came to life on Saturday, in Vestal's 9-7 win in the state quarterfinals, when five different players put themselves on the board.
"We're starting to get looks from everywhere because our offense is really balanced out" said senior J.T. Stirpe.
That offense will certainly need to be on their A game on Wednesday when going up against a team that has won three of the last four state championship titles in both Class B and Class A.
"Victor is very comfortable in this environment" said Chris. "They're comfortable with this type of game and that's what makes them so good. Now, it's a big opportunity for us but we're ready for it."
Vestal plays Victor Wednesday at St. John Fishers College at 6:30 pm in the Class B state semifinal game.