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Harrison Holds Off Nyack Rally for Second Win

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison boys lacrosse team was deflating after they had nearly blown a 5-1 lead in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game against Nyack. The Indians had closed the gap to 6-4 with about three and a half minutes to play.

But Coach Jay Rabinowitz stepped in with a speech to relight the fire in them.

“(I told) them that this is a game that defines us, so if we lose this game, kiss high hopes of coming in that top 10 goodbye,” Rabinowitz said. “This game does define us if we lose. If we win, everyone expects us to win. It’s one of these games that we have to win. So I think I touched that a little bit.”

The Huskies held on for the 6-4 win to move to 2-2 on the season. Jake Marino led Harrison with three goals and an assist, while Charlie Vantongren led the Huskies with two assists and added a goal. Dean Brancucci had one goal and an assist.

Freshman goalie Steven Forrest had his hands full in the final three minutes of the game as Nyack fired shot after shot in an attempt to close the gap. But Forrest stayed cool under pressure and made several key saves to prevent another goal for the Indians.

“I have to do my job. It’s my job (to) keep them out of the net and to lead the defense,” Forrest said. “And I think I did a pretty good job.”

Harrison will face several top ten teams in the next few weeks. After four games, Rabinowitz said he is excited about watching a young team succeed, but knows there will be some bumps in the road.

“It’s going to happen with these young guys. They’re going to have times where they just don’t react or they just give up balls,” Rabinowitz said. “They’re young kids. Hopefully them being disciplined and us being a possession team will pay off against some of these top teams we’re going to be playing now.”

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