VESTAL (WBNG) “It feels great to be really representing Section IV and I think that, I don’t know it really can’t be described, no words,” said Vestal junior Aaron Tebo.
“I know we have a big opportunity here but we are going to prepare for this game like we do any other game,” said Vestal head coach Chris Dutkowsky.
On Saturday, a historic win for Vestal lacrosse knocking off Fayetville-Manlius, a game that saw the Golden Bears open each half with three unanswered goals.
“I don’t think a lot of people expected us to win that game,” said Dutkowsky.
“We executed in every aspect of the game, we scored goals, our defense was outstanding, and our goalie play was great,” said Vestal senior Matt Thrasher.
If you rewind to March, wins weren’t easy to come by for this team. Vestal opened its season with back to back losses and in early April were handed a season changing loss.
“The start of the season was a bit of a roller coaster,” said Dutkowsky.
“The Forks game was really tough, we all had to come together and after that we won like eight straight regular season games and it has just been great from there on out,” said Tebo.
In early April, Chenango Forks wiped the floor with Vestal, but after the twelve goal defeat, they knew the mindset needed to be changed.
“It kind of was a little bit of a wake up call, and from that point on everything changed, practice changed the locker changed, these guys realized that this is it, this is our season,” said Dutkowsky.
When you ask the team what the key point of the turnaround was, they all credit the same thing.
“They have been playing together since they were little kids,” said Dutkowsky.
“We have all been playing since youth,” said Tebo.
“everyone has been playing together since we were young,” said Thrasher.
Vestal is looking to use that chemistry to climb all the way to a state championship.
“We are family here and it is a great atmosphere to be a part of,” said Thrasher.
“We all know each other very well and that is why you are starting to see it come together now,” said Tebo.
Now, just one win away from the state title game, the motto is simple.
“Survive and advance,” said Thrasher.
“They don’t want it to end yet,” said Dutkowsky.
Vestal will take on Victor Wednesday at St. John Fischer College. The game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.