Warde boys lacrosse dominated by Staples
Published 2:46 pm, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Whenever a team holds its senior day festivities, there's always that chance of a letdown by the host team.
There wasn't even a remote chance of that happening Saturday when playoff-bound Staples hosted winless Fairfield Warde.
Though the Wreckers had an easy time of it in its 16-1 win over Warde, Staples head coach Paul McNulty was impressed with the Mustangs young program.
"They played hard through the whole game and that's all you could ask for as a coach," McNulty said when he was asked his thoughts about Warde. "If everybody's hustling the entire game, you know you have the right kind of players."
Jack Ford scored the lone goal for the Mustangs.
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Staples improved to 9-3 on the season, while Warde fell to 0-12.
"We have a great group of kids, they work hard every day," Warde head coach Tom Cunningham said. "We're young. We have some older guys who have been through the program who are doing their best to be leaders, but they don't give up. When the whistle blows and the game starts, they go to work. For as young as they are, their effort and maturity level is tremendous."
Despite Warde's hustle, they were clearly outmatched by an emerging Staples program that has made great strides since McNulty took the reins last season.
But with some senior leadership on defense blended with freshmen talent on offense, Cunningham sees potential for a bright future.
Playing in the FCIAC, one of the top conferences in the state, Cunningham said be can't fault his team's effort because they're working hard.
"One thing we preach is that they're going against some of the top players in the state and you improve by playing the best," Cunningam said. "The young guys are playing for the future."
While McNulty's team was able to celebrate senior day and the mark the Class of 2011 put on the Staples program, he thinks Warde's lacrosse Class of 2014 may have a similar one in its future.
"They just have to develop their skills, but you have to start with hustle and heart, and (Warde) showed that," McNulty said