Boys lacrosse: Stepinac goes from 0-19 to state champ
Stepinac goes from winless to champions
Jun. 9, 2013 |
Stepinac's Andrew Murray, part of the Crusaders' CHSAA Class A downstate title team, will play for Manhattanville College next season. / File photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News
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Stepinac’s Andrew Murray picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time in his freshman year. Four years later, he picked up a championship plaque as a member of the CHSAA Class A downstate championship team.
The Manhattanville-bound senior scored four goals in the Crusaders’ 10-8 win over St. Mary’s of Manhasset on May 30 that gave the Stepinac program its first state title. It showed how far the program had come during Murray’s time in school: he played on an 0-19 team during his first year on varsity as a sophomore, and was just 30 seconds away from a championship win as a junior last season.
“We realized we had to change our way of thinking, so we practiced hard, played hard and all of that really translated well for us this season,” said Murray, who lives in Yonkers. “Coming into the season, we all had high expectations.”
Coach James Goldmann, who played for Stepinac from 2001-2004, watched the Crusaders do what had been unthinkable since the program was re-established in 1994.
It affirmed the words he spoke at the beginning of the season.
“I looked at all 28 of them and told them ‘One goal, one team,’ ” said Goldmann, who became the varsity coach two seasons ago. “I went from seeing them have their heads down all the time to having a plaque over their heads.”
The history-making team included White Plains residents Nick Dadario, Tim Hill, Tommy Keane, Spencer O’Toole, Dustin Chevaliar, Ryan Prescott, Daniel Pomposello and Liam O’Donnell; Yonkers residents Bobby DiNapoli, Dom Vallario, Arthur Foti, Sal Pellone, Dave Schwartz, Danny Sullivan, Joe Bruccerrelli, Frankie Pastirchak and Brian Harris; Greenburgh’s Davon Johnson; Putnam Valley’s Matt Butler; Yorktown’s Dylan DeMuro and Bronx residents Kevin Anderson, Mike Murphy, Kevin Anderson, Matt White, Mike Teelan, Charlie Flemen and Chrystian Lopez.
Murray, who finished the season with 54 goals and 13 assists, and 13 other seniors including Vallario (35 goals, 14 assists) and O’Toole (30 goals, 44 assists) are moving on, but players such as sophomore DeMuro don’t see any reason to stop collecting hardware.
“We knew we had that talent but it all came down to how hard we pushed each other,” DeMuro said. “It was a great feeling, but we want to repeat again next year.”
Murray said: “The journey was tough, but we did it. Now it comes down to helping the future players and making sure we keep the team on the map. ”