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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Valley Stream leaning on experience
Ron Manfredi/Herald
Valley Stream's Victor Huezo, right, carries the ball during the team's victory over Malverne/East Rockaway on March 28.

Returning almost all of last year’s key contributors from a five-win team, Valley Stream District boys’ lacrosse coach Dan Achatz said he’s expecting a successful 2013 campaign.

“We lost our leading scorer — Jesse Oppenheimer — but we brought back just about everyone else,” Achatz said. “Most of the kids have been a part of the system for three years, especially the defense. We expect to do some good things. We’re looking to work hard every day and compete in every game.”

The team played well out of the gate, beating Glen Cove and Malverne/East Rockaway in March, but a challenging schedule against Conference I opponents awaits. “The kids know their potential,” Achatz said.

An experience defense will serve as the team’s backbone, according to Achatz. Seniors Greg Jurcsak, Bobby Madramootoo and Francisco Montalvo, all from Valley Stream Central, will log the majority of minutes in front of senior goaltender Nick Miller. Jurcsak usually gets the toughest individual assignment and has a knack for takeaways, while Madramootoo and Montalvo bring a physical presence to the back row. Jurcsak is also capable of making end-to-end rushes and jumpstarting the transition offense.

“Our defenders have great chemistry and play consistent,” Achatz said. “We’ll rely on them a lot.”

Miller, from Valley Stream North, is a three-year starter between the pipes and last spring was Honorable Mention All-County. “Nick is very reliable,” Achatz noted. “ He directs everyone in the back, anticipates well and has the ability to make big saves.”

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