Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) "Grind together, shine together" is the slogan for this year's Wildcats lacrosse team. However, it's more than a slogan, it's how they approach the game.
"That's what we've been preaching all year," said head coach Bo Flynn. "Work hard during practice like I said in the offseason. In the games, we have each other's backs. We grind together and in the end, hopefully we're shining together."
The Wildcats have shined all season, going 16-0 for the first time in program history, and it's not just that they're winning games, it's how they do it. Half of those wins have come by double digits, and they haven't allowed an opponent to score more than 8 times this season.
The Wildcats, ranked 13th in Class C in New York State, have outscored opponents 233-75. Flynn says part of the reason for their success is playing unselfishly. A message his team has bought in to.
"Goals, it doesn't mean anything," said Nick Nefaris. "We look for assists as much as we can because the more passing, the more control of the ball you have, the better it's going to be throughout the game because you're going to have control over the game."
The Wildcats control over the season can be attributed to how well they know each other. Most on this year's varsity team have been playing together since fifth grade, and they consider teammates to be more like brothers.
"We've been together since youth lacrosse and we've been working hard every year and it's paid off," said Shane Majewski. "We've just got to keep going because the undefeated season doesn't mean much unless we finish it off in the playoffs."
To finish it off in the playoffs, the Wildcats need two wins. They hope the grind of the season will pay off, and they'll be the ones shining in the end, holding it's second straight sectional title trophy.