By ADAM SHINDER
After sweating Thursday's game against the Troy Flying Horses to the wire, Amsterdam High School lacrosse coach Paul Furman warned his team not to take any opponent lightly -- especially the team the Rams welcomed to Lynch Literacy Academy Saturday night, the Johnstown Sir Bills.
It was back-and-forth for a few minutes, but just past the midway point of the first quarter, the Rams settled in and put the hammer down, scoring 15 of the game's final 16 goals in an emphatic 18-3 rout of their biggest local rival.
"They ran our offense, they ran our clears, our rides, our defense -- everything they did, they did 100 percent," Furman said. "They moved the ball very, very well. We played very unselfish offense tonight."
On Senior Night at Lynch, the Amsterdam (7-7) veterans turned in superlative performances. Anthony Yevoli turned in his second six-goal game of the season, Corey Dybas had five goals and two assists, Jon Magaletti had two goals and three assists and Dan Lis, Dal Orengo, Gabe Mendez, Ryan Mihalek and goalie Dillon Smith were part of a defensive effort that limited Johnstown to just one goal over the game's final 31 minutes and 47 seconds.
"That's one of the best Senior Nights I could've asked for," Dybas said.
It was an especially sweet night for Yevoli, who had his 2013 season cut short due to a concussion suffered in a game against Johnstown. Saturday, their seemed to be a little extra zip in the six shots he peppered past Sir Bills goalie Zack Simone.
"It was good revenge, I guess," Yevoli said. "I'm happy my time came through with me, helped me out with that."
"In the offseason, I think he really felt he could've made a difference in those games (he missed due to injury), and this was his chance to make up for last year," Furman added.
The game had a helter-skelter feel at the start, with the Rams leading 3-2 midway through a sloppy first quarter as a pair of Austin Brand goals kept Johnstown in contention early. Soon after that, however, the Rams channeled their frantic early energy and started to leave the Sir Bills in the dust.
Amsterdam added three goals in the final five minutes of the first quarter, then added seven more in the second to open up a 13-2 lead and kept pulling away down the stretch -- so much so that much of the final quarter was played with a running clock.
"Once we started to get going, we weren't gonna be stopped," Dybas said.
In addition to Dybas and Magaletti, attackman Tyler Nordby added three goals and an assist as Amsterdam's starting attack unit combined for 10 goals and six assists. Dybas credited much of that to Magaletti, both for his distribution and his ability to draw defenders to him.
"He only put in two, but he gave me and Nordby the rest of the goals," Dybas said. "Most of it really came from his assists."
Defensively, the Rams rebounded from Brand's two early goals by completely shutting down the Johnstown attack. Sir Bills leading scorer David Fahr -- one of the top goal producers in Section II -- was limited to just one assist and Johnstown's only goal over the game's final three-plus quarters came when a failed Amsterdam clear gave Austin Smith a wide-open chance on the crease midway through the third quarter.
"The defense started really holding it down," Lis said. "We were playing really good man-to-man, and we were switching our defenses and keeping it confusing so they could never get the jump on us."
While Furman cautioned that the Rams' next game -- at home Tuesday against Utica Proctor -- wasn't to be overlooked, for Saturday, his team could be satisfied with an all-around dominant effort.
"We said what we were gonna do and we did it," Yevoli said. "It wasn't all talk, no game."
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