Lafayette (NY) Keeps Writing Impressive Script

By Brett Manney

In the movie Hoosiers, a small school in Indiana captures the state championship despite having only a handful of players at a school with little enrollment.

If there was a movie about a lacrosse team equivalent to Hickory high school from Hoosiers, Lafayette High School--currently No. 8 in the nation according to LaxPower--would be ideal. The only exception is the Lancers are consistent winners.

Lafayette High School is located in New York, a hotbed of lacrosse. For such a small school consisting of only a few hundred students, the Lancers have an historic program which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary of lacrosse

In a CNYCentral.com article, long tenured West Genesee head coach Mike Messere said, "West Genesee would not be where it is today if it was not for the Lancers laying the foundation of success."

Despite their small enrollment, the Lancers have been a model of success for lacrosse not only in the state of New York but in the country. In the 50-year history of the lacrosse program, they have won two state championships, eight county championships, 10 Section III championships, and 11 league championships.

In the past 10 years, the Lancers have really dominated their opponents, not losing more than four games in a season and averaging 18 wins a season. Furthermore, in that span the Lancers captured five Section III championships and two state championships. In 2005, the Lancers finished undefeated 24-0 and finished the season ranked third in the country according to LaxPower.

This year has been no different for the Lancers, as they currently are undefeated with a record of 19-0. Moreover, the Lancers have dominated their opponents this year with an average scoring margin of more than 10 goals. In addition, the Lancers only scored fewer than 10 goals once all season--their first game of the season when they beat Jamesville-DeWitt, 9-4.

If there is one player who most likely resembles Jimmy Chitwood from Hoosiers, who is the big name player relied on to make a play, it is senior midfielder John Greeley. The talented midfielder can do everything on the field, evident by his 61 goals and 54 assists in 2008 when he was named an All-American. The Johns Hopkins recruit was also a standout on the basketball squad, helping the Lancers win a section championship this season.

In addition to Greeley, brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson lead the Lancers in scoring. Currently Miles has 112 points while Lyle has 71, providing a big-time scoring punch for the Lancers. In one game this season against Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse) Miles had 11 points on 10 goals and one assist.

The Lancers will be seeking their 12th sectional crown this year as they enter the New York Class C Section III tournament as the top seed. The Lancers have an opening round bye and host the winner of the Marcellus and Tully game. If the Lancers continue to dominate their opponents they will be hard to beat.

This small high school has a lacrosse program making enormous accomplishments, adding to their impressive resume. This year is no different for the Lancers, who look to a finish to their season worthy of a movie script ending.

2009-05-28



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