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Jake McCulloch scores six goals as Ward Melville beats defending state champ Yorktown

Jake McCulloch of Ward Melville is defended by

Jake McCulloch of Ward Melville is defended by Ryan Cegielski of Yorktown in a non-league boys lacrosse game at Yorktown High School on Saturday April 11, 2015. Credit: Errol Anderson

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Dan Bucaro called the Ward Melville boys lacrosse team's Friday night loss to Connetquot disappointing. To Jake McCulloch, it was surprising. Coach Jay Negus said it was a hiccup after a dominant 3-0 start to the season.

"We knew we just had to put it behind us," said McCulloch, a senior midfielder.

That's exactly what the Patriots did Saturday, defeating defending Class B state champion Yorktown, 14-5, in a non-league game. McCulloch had six goals, Bucaro had one goal and six assists and Ward Melville (4-1) outscored its host 11-1 after halftime. McCulloch and Bucaro each cramped up late in the fourth quarter, with the win all but completed -- the only sign of fatigue impacting the Patriots.

"It seemed like we were the ones that played in overtime yesterday, and they were the ones who were fresh," Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. "They seemed to have a little bit of pep in their step, and we were slow, a step behind."

That wasn't the case in the first quarter. The Huskers (6-1) scored less than two minutes in, and tacked on another goal midway through the period to take a 2-0 lead. By halftime, they were ahead 4-3.

Bucaro assisted on two of Ward Melville's three goals, all of which were scored by McCulloch.

But Yorkville's Jose Boyer effectively denied him from receiving the ball in many other playmaking situations.

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