Knights lacrosse team falls to tough tournament foe
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Wed., Jun. 8, 2011
It took Joel Barlow High School just 9 seconds to score the first goal and dictate the pace of the game on the way to beating Ellington High School 17-4 in the Class S state semifinal lacrosse game on June 4.
Scoring for Ellington were Zack Palmer, Lukas Horvath and Brian Borbas (2 goals).
But, for the Knights, just getting to the quarterfinals again was something of a victory in itself, especially considering this was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
Ellington coach Dave Giordano gave the credit where it was due, admitting that Barlow is an elite club.
“My players gave 100 percent, and we played a tremendous opponent,” Giordano said. “They are one of the best teams in Class S. When we were fortunate enough to get the ball on offense, we didn't get the type of opportunities we were looking for. We knew we were the underdog, and we just wanted to make sure we played as hard as we could for four quarters, and we did.”
Giordano said his team graduated 16 seniors last year, and he was very proud of what this year's squad achieved. "We had a really good team last year, and went 14-2,” he said. “We had four returning varsity players this year. At the beginning of the season, I didn't know where we would be. We didn't have a goalie. We didn't have one returning starting defender.”
The fact that the team essentially matched last year's success, Giordano said, has been a pleasant surprise.
“I'm just really impressed with how well we came together throughout the course of the season, and how well they played together.”
With only seven seniors departing this year, the prospects for next year look good for the team.
“We have a real good bunch of sophomores and juniors,” said Giordano. “We're going to lose some guys, but our nucleus is coming back.