DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Dobbs Ferry High School’s varsity boys lacrosse program is only in its second season, which makes it one of the youngest programs in Section 1.
Despite its youth, the school has enjoyed incredible success in the past two years. The Eagles went 12-3 last year and are 13-1 so far this season with the lone less at Pelham, a program also on the rise. Dobbs Ferry Coach Greg Lewis said the team has succeeded thus far on the sheer talent of its athletes.
“We’re really, really athletic. We don’t really have a high lacrosse IQ yet,” Lewis said. “Our athleticism takes us far. Once we can get the lacrosse part down, I think we’ll really be a successful program.”
The group of athletes to which Lewis referred includes several football players, including seniors John Yozzo-Scaperrotta and Darien Bica, both of whom received lacrosse scholarships to Division I colleges.
The Eagles’ accomplishments this season are even more impressive considering the injuries to the core group of players, particularly the seniors. Bica, a long stick midfielder and defenseman, is injured. Dobbs Ferry has also fielded a defenseman with a nagging injury, and the primary faceoff man was injured last week.
Despite all that, the Eagles still rallied from an early 2-0 deficit for an 11-6 win at Edgemont on Monday. Offense has not been a problem for the Eagles this season, as they have averaged more than eight goals per game.
Lewis said that before the season, the team set a goal for itself to score 10 goals per game and hold opponents to less than 10 goals per game.
The playoffs are just around the corner, and Dobbs Ferry promises to be a tough out for any team it faces in the postseason. Lewis said the team must make a few tweaks to carry its success into the playoffs.
“We need to play more disciplined lacrosse,” Lewis said. “We have to focus on fundamentals and basically just execute what we’re trying to do.”