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Iroquois lacrosse hoping a short slump a thing of the past

The Iroquois High School boys lacrosse team is looking to show a mid-season slump is a thing of the past.

Despite starting eight underclassmen, the Chiefs started the season looking like a force to be reckoned with, posting early-season victories over perennial-powers Niagara-Wheatfield and West Seneca East.

Things turned sour recently, however, as Iroquois dropped three of four games.

An impressive 16-6 win over North Tonawanda, however, is the start of what the Chiefs hope is a strong run to the finish.

“We definitely started out real well, but then we hit a bump in the road,” junior midfielder Colton Reformat said. “But we’re coming back with a little bit of vengeance.”

The Chiefs opened some eyes on April 16 with a 16-14 win over a Niagara-Wheatfield team that won the 2011 Section VI championship and returned to the finals last season.

Two days later, they posted an impressive 13-8 win at sectional semifinalist West Seneca East.

But the recent skid saw losses to Rochester-area power Webster Thomas as well as setbacks against rival East Aurora and Sweet Home. The loss to the Panthers was perhaps the most frustrating.

The Chiefs controlled most of the fourth but it was Sweet Home that scored the only goal of the final quarter and walked off with a 7-6 victory.

“To this team’s credit, they are doing so many things right that they have actually raised the bar on aspects of the game such as riding and transition and they are setting themselves up for success,” Iroquois coach Tom Kincella said. “But the price of the exuberance of youth may be the inconsistency that comes with it.”

All went well as the Chiefs took care of business on April 30 in a win over the struggling Lumberjacks.

After Thursday’s showdown with defending sectional champion Hamburg, which ended in a close 10-8 loss, the Chiefs now prepare for a run against the three Williamsville schools.

Then comes the postseason and Iroquois is hoping for a long stay there.

“We’re starting to bring it back on again,” Andrews said. “We just have to keep working hard and do a better job.”

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