WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Whitesboro boys lacrosse team is set to begin their season Friday, taking on Cortland at SUNY Cortland. The Warriors have been fielding a team since 1976, but have never won a playoff game, so that's their goal this year.
Whitesboro lost a good group of seniors to graduation, so their 2011 squad is less experienced, though they have some key leaders, like Austin Curtis. The senior defenseman will be playing lacrosse at Jacksonville this year, whom he chose over perrenial powerhouse Syracuse. But first things first, he and the Warriors want to take care of business this spring.
"We really just got to give it our all," says Curtis. "If we give it our all in practice we'll be fine. We've come so close in years past, we just need a little bit extra. That comes in practice, if we start focusing up in practice, we'll be all right."
"It's real tough, it's kind of frustrating, we've been to the playoffs but we've never won a game," adds fellow senior defenseman Sean Flanagan. "This year we're really working hard, trying to get that playoff win."
"We have a lot of young guys and other guys filling positions that the battles have been really good," says head coach John Warner. "Look for this team to be hard working, to come together as a team instead of having a bunch of athletes out there and play some good lacrosse."