From the end of the 2018 season to the beginning of the 2019 campaign, the Lee boys’ lacrosse team lost just one graduating senior from a team that made the Western Mass. tournament. With some new blood added to the mix, the Wildcats hoped to hit the ground running to start a repeat run to the postseason.
The Wildcats failed to finish the job though, falling 8-7 to the West Springfield Terriers to open their regular season slate on a sour note. Led by two goals from Robert Carotenuto, the Wildcats scored three goals in the final three and a half minutes of the third quarter to take a lead, but could not hold on in the end.
The game started slowly on the offensive end, as the teams spent the majority of the first quarter feeling each other out, generating few scoring chances on either end of the field.
“We kind of knew coming in from last year that they were a pretty evenly-matched team considering we split with them, so we knew it was going to be a battle,” Lee coach Mike Snyder said. “We didn’t know it was going to be this close.”
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