Led by three goals each from John Maloney, T.J. DiSanto and Max Hill, the Blue Devils took control early and held it for most of the game against the visiting Rangers.
On a relatively nice sunny day on the Corbit Field turf in the middle of the Victor Central Schools campus, the host Blue Devil boys lacrosse team took an early 5-1 lead over the Spencerport Rangers, and by the end of the game had turned it into a 14-8 win. The Blue Devil boys had taken a 1-1 tie and scored the next four goals in the span of just over four minutes to not only earn the 5-1 lead, but pretty much take control of the flow of the game from that point on. Victor led 10-5 at the half.
Leading the Blue Devils, now 3-1 on the season, was a trio of seniors in Max Hill, T.J. DiSanto and John Maloney, each scoring three goals. Maloney added two assists to his stats while also leading the team in ground balls with eight. Also scoring multiple goals was senior Mitch Rupp, with two, while freshman teammate Sam Byassee netted one goal and handed out two assists.
Spencerport, undefeated heading into the game at 4-0, was led by both junior Matt Kaser and senior Jeff Nitti, who also scored three goals each.
Time in net was split for Victor with juniors Chris Saar making 11 saves in 40 minutes and Troy Dowdle making one save in eight minutes.
Tyler Schweikert made 13 saves as the lone goalie for the Rangers.
In talking with Victor coach Mike Gottko after the game, you could tell he was in early-season form; pleased with the win but seeing a need for more improvement.
“It seems like we took care of business in the first half and then just settled for a win,” said Gottko in the locker room after the game. “We didn’t play that complete game. We are searching for that game. We’re certainly happy with the outcome of the win, but I think the kids feel the same way in terms of playing a very inspired first half with lots of energy and then coming back in the second half and just settling for a win.”
Gottko also saw positives.
“Although we struggled at the face-off X, I think defensively we were able to limit their six-on-six,” he continued explaining. “And then we were able to convert our defense into offensive opportunities and turn those opportunities into goals.”
For his part in the win, Hill pointed to his teammates timing.
“(My teammates) passed it around really well, which gave me a chance to get open on the crease,” he explained. “They gave me the ball where I wanted it and that gave me time to finish.”
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Page 2 of 2 - “It’s been a tough week, practicing at 7 a.m. and we were just not really ready for it,” concluded Hill with a roll of his eyes and a bit of a chuckle. “But this was a good game to win. We’re looking pretty good. I feel we will be strong throughout the year. We are just going to take this season one game at a time.”