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HARRISON, N.Y. — The month of April had grown tiresome for the Horace Greeley boys lacrosse team. The Quakers had lost three out of four to close the month and, for a veteran group, were not playing at the level they expected coming into the year.
“We circled May on the calendars,” Greeley junior Cory Ekstrom said. “It’s when good teams become great. We were going to stop making excuses.”
The Quakers certainly got the month off on the right foot on Monday. They scored the first six goals and blew by Harrison for a 12-5 victory on the road.
Ekstrom had three goals and an assist and Alex Scott had four goals as Greeley evened its record back at 5-5.
“We had a couple of rough games before this, so we came out really fired up, to be honest,” Scott said. “We needed a win. We wanted a win. We had a couple of close games where we didn’t really feel we played to our potential. We came out fast.”
Greeley had only managed eight goals in its previous two games, which were ugly losses to Byram Hills — which the Quakers beat in the season opener — and Rye.
Monday’s game, however, was crisp on both ends of the field and, for the most part, from start to finish. The Quakers took a 6-0 lead into the final minute of the half before Harrison snuck in a game in the final seconds and nearly netted another as time expired.
Harrison took the momentum into the third and twice cut the deficit to three. But Greeley’s defense stood strong.
“The defense was playing lock-down and the offense was doing their jobs, finishing shots,” Ekstrom said.
Ekstrom credited the play of defenders Sam Spar, Charlie Mirisola and Greg Handler as the key to the victory.
Brandon Gell had two goals and an assist and Ethan Frieder added a goal and an assist for Greeley. Jack Gladstone and Robbie Gautney also scored in the win.
“It felt good today,” Scott said. “Today was a nice. Not only did we win, we won in a nice fashion and we won it as a team.”
Greeley will get a few days off before heading back out on Saturday night at home when they host rival Fox Lane. The Quakers will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time all season.
“Fox Lane is always a great game,” Scott said. “We work out with those kids in the offseason. We know them personally. It’s always a fun game."
Jake Marino led Harrison with two goals and two assists.
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