CICERO, N.Y. -- This ragtag bunch from the East End was a newbie at a state tournament, but the memories of the journey will last a lifetime.
Bayport-Blue Point didn't come home with a championship plaque, but to the 10 seniors, the silver medals don't signify a loss, they represent something no other team in school history had done.
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"Our town lives for Bayport-Blue Point lacrosse," said senior Steven Kreucher, who scored two goals in the 14-6 loss to Cazenovia Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High. "We proved we are the face of the organization."
Indeed, and the Phantom Phanatics appreciated the effort. In the waning moments, they chanted the seniors' name, and though the score wasn't in their favor, the homage from the crowd was a fitting ending for a team nobody expected to be here.
"We have great fans, great friends, a great community in Bayport," Kreucher said. "They just came and supported us the best they can. Even though we were down a lot, they were here supporting us."
The 14 goals allowed were the most the Phantoms gave up during their magical playoff run. Said senior attack Mike DeBlasio: "They're a good team over there. We came out flat, and that's what happens when you come out flat against a good team."
For Kreucher and DeBlasio, this weekend's trip gave them a taste of what the future will bring. Kreucher will play at Wagner next year, while DeBlasio will compete for Virginia Military Academy.
Said Kreucher: "It was a great bonding experience. Coming out, getting on the bus, doing what you're probably going to be doing in college next year. Rooming with your teammates in the hotel, and just being responsible for yourself and getting ready to play."
For the underclassmen, now that they've seen the ropes, they'll know what to do if they make it back next season.