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Zach Stirpe – 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- Senior defenseman Zach Stirpe is using his last season to leave his mark on the Vestal boys varsity lacrosse program.

"He's just been super aggressive," said coach Chris Dutkowski. "He's a utility guy that we can put in at the face-off. He can play long stick committee. He can play close defense."

In the first two games of the season, Stirpe had ten ground balls, won seven out of ten face-offs, and even used his long stick to score a goal in the win against Maine-Endwell Friday night.

"I like to work off of other people's actions and capitalize off of that," said Stirpe. "If someone came at me, I'm going to play off of how they came at me."

"He probably could have another goal if he could hit the cage," said Dutkowski. "That doesn't happen very often but for him, it's like you almost expect it."

Stirpe has been a captain for Vestal since his junior year. For him and his fellow captains, they want their knowledge of the game to rub off onto their younger teammates.

"We like to bring the team together and have as much fun as possible," said Stirpe.

As he leaves his legacy at one program, he begins a new one at Saint John Fisher College. Stirpe said he plans to major in biology.

"He just keeps doing what he's doing now and keeps playing at the level that he's been able to play, he'll do very well at the next level," said Dutkowski.

Stirpe and the Golden Bears face Chenango Valley Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Robyn Hearn

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