Midwood Locals Win Lacrosse Title
Time was slipping away for Jeremy Ehresman, the Rockaway native and his Midwood Hornets lacrosse team. They were on the losing end of a 6-3 score to Cardozo in the fourth period of their PSAL Championship game at St. John's University on Saturday afternoon.
When Ehresman joined the Hornets four years ago, he had little experience in even grasping a stick. If the results did not change, Ehresman, a 5 foot 6 attacking midfielder, would have went through his whole high school career without winning a championship medal.
But instead of looking at the situation with a fatalistic view, Ehresman saw opportunity which was relayed by his coach John Murphy in a timeout before the start of fourth period.
"He said one goal at a time. That's what should stick in our heads. 6-3 is nothing for us to come back from," Ehresman said.
Murphy would be proven right as Midwood would storm back with two goals by forward Muhammed Attieh in the last 1:43 left of the game to stun Cardozo and cap off a 8-7 comeback victory.
Ehresman and a host of his teammates from the Rockaways such as team captain Evan Hamberger, Matt Michaels, Lukasz Boruch, Daniel Kelly, Robert McCabe among others, knows they will their medals with pride.
"I hated that feeling to lose I refused to lose. I wanted to come out on top and get this medal," Ehresman said.
In a fast and furious fourth period, Cardozo would take their final lead of the contest on a goal by forward Ivan Mak, who finished his own hat trick for a 7-6 lead with 2:09 left.
Ehresman, the all time assist leader, at the school would whip a pass towards a streaking Attieh. The sophomore advanced 10 yards outside the goal and skipped the ball past goalkeeper William Schrettner for a 7-7 game with 1:43 left in the contest.
The Hornets, who stopped the Judges fastbreak opportunities in the final stanza, continued their offensive rush to the goal. It would be once again Attieh who skirted five yards away from the net and capped off the gamewinner to make it 8-7.
Winning the title was the goal this year for Midwood and the seniors who made up the core for the team were chasing their first title.
Evan Hamberger, the senior captain of the team, had the misfortunes to fall short of winning a title against Cardozo two years ago in a one goal loss.
Instead of panicking, Hamberger reminded his team that they had to dig a bit deeper and work harder to come back from their deficit.
"It's been the same all year for this team. It doesn't change how we got to win. We have to do what it takes. I just knew I had to work harder. It was a bit more dramatic and more exciting but we did it," Hamberger said.
The passing of former longtime coach Walter Glenn in January was a motivational tool all season for Cardzo. But instead of hosting the trophy, senior forward Ivan Mak expressed the shock that befell his whole team.
"Our defense fell apart. We were attacking but they just kept attacking. They're a good team. We just couldn't hold them off."