By Kylan Watson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Lafayette Lancers Varsity Boys Lacrosse team won their first title in 14 years last weekend.
It took three unanswered goals and an overtime for the Lancers to beat the Briarcliff Bears 9-8.
The player who hit the game-winning goal for the Lancers was senior midfielder Reid Jackowski.
Jackowski had 52 goals and 30 assists this season, and none were bigger than that goal.
“It felt incredible you know. It was a crazy experience to be running around throwing your pads off and your teammates running at you,” said Jackowski, “But, none of it would have happened if our face-off guy wasn’t able to get the ball and our team moved the ball, to help me get that open shot.”
Jackowski’s shot capped off an incredible Cinderella run by the Lancers. They came into the postseason with an 8-6 record and many experts did not have them going far in the tournament.
Jackowski and the other team captains called a meeting to help his teammates get ready for the playoffs. The meeting was called because some of the players were not putting in a lot of effort during practice.
“We got the team together after the last loss to Skaneateles,” said Chris O’Hara, head coach of the Lafayette Varsity Boys Lacrosse team. “We talked about refocusing and recommitting to the team, and the guys brought in to that for the last half of the season.”
O’Hara thinks one of the reasons the lancers got off to a slow start is because they had to get students from Onondaga Central Schools acclimated to their team culture.
“It took some time for the kids from OCS to get comfortable with the team,” O’Hara said.
Despite all of that, the Lancers were able to capture another state title, and they look to be hungry for more titles.