Chenango Forks boys lacrosse prepares for first state playoff appearance since 2019

Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 1:58 PM EDT
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WBNG) - At a Chenango Forks boys lacrosse practice, quiet moments are rare. Because when a team talks as much as they do they can’t help but stay connected.

“Really just playing together and not playing as individuals. We got really players on this team and when we all play together it’s pretty hard to stop us,” said senior attackman Tyler Hayes.

The stats back it up as Forks has averaged twenty goals a game this season. Including scoring 22 in their Section 4 championship game win over rival Chenango Valley.

“It was awesome,” said Hayes. “That was our third time playing them so one of the hardest things to do is beat a team three times. But we came out ready and they fell short and we won so I don’t know what else to say it was just awesome beating CV especially since I used to go there.”

“We knew what we were going into, we knew what we wanted to do because we played them twice already. We kind of knew the outcome but still heart-racing, playing a rival in the big game,” added freshman goalie Lucas Bartlow.

That win has propelled Forks into the state playoffs for the first time since 2019 and waiting for them in the first round is Section 3 winner Lafayette. The team that eliminated the Blue Devils three years ago something that Forks hasn’t forgotten.

“Knowing that its the same team and what happened last time, then they went and won the whole thing, it’s definitely some motivation to make sure we show up and do our job,” said head coach Dave Pavlick.

Now with the chance to rewrite history just a day away, the team is as focused as ever.

“We have a pretty regimented schedule as far as before game day,” said Pavlick. “We show up and practice hard for about an hour and fifteen minutes. Then we go in, watch some film, and have a dinner. Throughout that we’re pushing them as hard as we can but realizing we’re preparing for the game.”

“There’s a lot of energy. It’s positive energy. We got the weight of the world on our shoulders right now. It’s never been done in our school history. Winning a state championship. Many have come here before and we’re just trying to be the first,” added Hayes.

And if the Blue Devils do go all the way, that would be this team’s loudest statement of all.

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