By ADAM SHINDER
To a man, the members of the Amsterdam High School lacrosse team left Thursday night's heartbreaking overtime loss to Scotia-Glenville with a sour taste in their mouths. The Rams' return to the field Saturday was their first chance to try and wash some of that away.
"We had to come back," Amsterdam senior attackman Corey Dybas said. "We had to get our game going again."
Boy, oh boy, did they ever.
Absolutely everything the Rams' offense did Saturday at Lynch Literacy Academy clicked perfectly -- highlighted by a phenomenal eight-goal outburst in the second quarter -- as five different Amsterdam players scored at least three goals to fuel a 19-10 victory in the team's biggest offensive output in recent memory.
Leading the way was the attack trio of Dybas, Jon Magaletti and Tyler Nordby, who combined for 10 goals and six assists. Magaletti's three-goal, four-assist performance topped the chart, while Dybas had four goals and an assist and Nordby chipped in a hat trick and an assist.
"We've just been doing what the coaches are teaching us -- draw two (defenders) and pass, find the open man," Magaletti said.
"We've been working good together lately," added Dybas. "We've got a flow going."
Midfielders Matt Fedullo and Luigi Iorio added three goals apiece for Amsterdam (5-6), while Kevin Ottati helped facilitate a furious transition game with five assists.
It was on the fast break where the Rams did their most damage, using their speed and superior numbers to overwhelm an undermanned Schuylerville team. The Rams scored several goals off turnovers, and added two more directly off faceoffs -- one by Anthony Yevoli, the other when Ottati won a draw and immediately found Nordby on the crease to beat Schuylerville goalie Jacob Barton.
"We've been harping on it non-stop and telling them, 'Keep your eyes upfield. Always look for the next pass, the next man upfield,'" Amsterdam coach Paul Furman said. "We did that today. Their eyes were upfield, they found the man and really moved the ball well."
The Rams' offensive explosion came to a head in the second quarter, when Amsterdam outscored Schuylerville 8-2 to open up an insurmountable 12-3 halftime lead. The biggest started with 9:29 left in the quarter, when Magaletti drove to the goal and scored to give Amsterdam a four-goal lead. On the goal, he was hit in the helmet by Schuylerville defender Larry Messer, drawing a two-minute non-releasable penalty. Dybas an Iorio each scored on the extended man-up opportunity, giving the Rams an 8-2 lead.
"They started to pick up some steam and they just didn't want to let it go," Furman said.
Later in the period, the Rams made it 10-2 on a textbook transition goal, with Magaletti drawing the defense in transition and flipping a pass to Dybas, who quickly found Nordby on the crease for the easy score.
"Definitely the best play of the season," Dybas said.
Schuylerville played even with a Rams team that substituted heavily throughout the second half, with Zach Pierce putting up five goals and an assist to lead the way for the Black Horses. Dillon Smith made 10 saves in three-and-a-half quarters for Amsterdam before Mike Sollecito came in to make four stops in the waning minutes.
With a key week on the horizon that will see the Rams play home games Tuesday against La Salle Institute, Thursday against Troy and Saturday against Johnstown, the Schuylerville game was a chance to erase some frustration from Scotia-Glenville -- and that's exactly what happened.
"Today was a complete team effort, offensively and defensively," Furman said. "There were some things we needed to clean up from the other night, but I think after Thursday night's loss, they were real hungry to come out today and prove that we're a quality program. I think they did that today."
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