DRYDEN — The Dryden Lions defeated the Oneonta Yellowjackets, 5-1, Friday night at Dryden High in a lacrosse game that tested the Lions’ patience and composure throughout.
Noble Cator-Szymanski led the Lions with two goals and eight ground balls in the best all-around performance of the night. Cator-Szymanski scored one goal each with his short stick and his long stick, the latter coming in transition off a ground ball that he ran straight to the net with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“That’s what I’m looking for, players to step up on their own,” Lions coach Dominic Barillaro said. “Noble’s one of our captains, he’s a senior, he knows how to play the game and he definitely showed it tonight.”
Owen Humphrey, Ben Wojcik and Vinney Passalugo had the other goals for Dryden, and Hajo Wise made four saves in net.
Dylan Marlatt had the lone goal for the Yellowjackets, and goalie Ryan Miller made 12 saves.
Though the Lions never trailed in the game, they had to battle not only the elements — the rain increased in intensity as the game progressed — but also the aggressive play of the Yellowjackets. Oneonta kept up the back checks and the physicality throughout the game, and with not much separation on the scoreboard, any retaliation by the Lions could have easily swung the game in the other direction.
“It’s definitely a big thing to have good composure, especially when a team starts to get a little bit chippy,” Barillaro said. “I’ve played those kinds of teams, and it never works out in your favor for retaliation, in this kind of weather especially. We play in everything except for thunder and lightning. We practiced last Friday when it was snowing out and it was sleeting and all that fun stuff.”
While the Lions, whose roster is composed of five seniors, one junior, 10 sophomores and a freshman, showed patience and composure beyond their years, the youth was evident in a less flattering fashion – the team hesitated to shoot the ball at various points throughout the game.
“We’re a young team,” Barillaro said. “We turned it around after our loss to Elmira Notre Dame, but it’s something we’re going to have to work on.”
After a delayed start to the season because of a COVID exposure, the Lions now stand at 1-1 and will visit Watkins Glen at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
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Collin Perks made 12 saves as the Trojans stayed unbeaten.
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