Coming into one of the tougher games on the schedule, the Edgemont boys lacrosse team went into the Rye game expecting to put up a fight. Despite league powerhouse Rye being able to utilize their seasoned lineup, the Panthers stood tall and did not back down.
Following the game, an 18-1 loss, Edgemont turned its focus toward finishing the regular season on a high note. Losing last year to both Ardsley and New Rochelle, the Panthers were hungry to show both teams their progress.
Edgemont put on a show under the lights on senior night against Ardsley, winning 15-6. Despite starting out a bit slow, Edgemont was able to pull through toward the end and come away with a convincing victory as Ryan Gordon and Harrison Bieber led the way offensively with six and five goals, respectively.
The following night, the Panthers were set to take on New Rochelle at home. Missing key players like face-off specialist Evan Greenberg and senior captain Bieber, the Panthers were not at full strength.
Edgemont trailed late in the game, but fought to the end of a 10-8 loss, which they knew could potentially hurt them in sectional seeding. The Panthers really started rolling when time was starting to expire. It was too little too late.
With a 9-7 record under first-year head coach Billy Locher, the No. 7 Panthers will travel to No. 2 Byram Hills for the first round of sectionals Saturday.
Having the team’s first winning season since 2012 was a major accomplishment for the Panthers.
“What we are doing in preseason is really important, shaking the rust off guys’ sticks and getting a feel for the types of players we will be working with later on,” Locher said.
Bieber, who has been on the team the past four years, has also seen huge improvements. “The day Locher and [assistant coach Brian] Smith spoke to us, I knew it would be a different season. We’ve gotten new mindsets, skills and life lessons under our belts. Despite having tough league matchups, our team made longer strides than I ever thought was possible.”
When asked about the overall progression of the team, senior long stick defender Fabio Scarselli said, “I think a lot of people got more confident, especially some of the lowerclassmen who didn’t really have large roles for the team in the past. The coaches let us know from the start that putting in work would get us the results we wanted, and it certainly showed.”
The tone has been set for years to come.
“I see a very bright future for Edgemont lacrosse and I would expect nothing less considering all the young talent we have,” Bieber said.