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JORDAN — Eagles coach Rick Young believes his inexperienced team is showing improvement early in the season, but there's still some doubt as to where the program is going.

Coming off an 11-3 win over Clinton in the season opener Saturday, the Jordan-Elbridge boys lacrosse team was able to outscore Holland Patent 5-1 in the second half in a 8-4 victory at John Howes Stadium Monday.

Despite the win, the Eagles are considering switching to a junior varsity schedule.

“I think they’re learning,” Young said. “We were better today than we were the other day, and I think the competition was better today than it was against Clinton.”

Sophomore Luke Pinckney tallied three goals and one assist for the Eagles, while eighth-grader Wade Brunelle had two goals and one assist. Junior Deacon Hill chipped in a goal and an assist, while freshman Trent Thomas and junior Riordan Parker rounded out the scoring for Jordan-Elbridge.

The Eagles struck quickly. Pinckney scored two times in the first 1:14 and Hill added to their lead six minutes later, but the Golden Knights cut their deficit to two before the end of the first quarter and scored the only two goals of the second to make it 3-3 at halftime.

Jordan-Elbridge scored three times — including twice in the final 27.4 seconds — to pull ahead in the third quarter.

The Golden Knights netted the first goal of the fourth, but goalie Steve Tripp shut them down the rest of the way. The Eagles tacked on two more goals in the final 10:45.

Despite the win, Jordan-Elbridge is facing a tough decision ahead. Although they have shown they can beat some schools, the Eagles are likely to struggle against some of the top competition that would normally be in their league.

Jordan-Elbridge lost six seniors from last year’s team that accounted for 165 goals, and many of the current Eagles are making the jump from modified to varsity competition.

“We’re young. Very young,” Young said. “We have 23 guys and 20 of them are 10th grade or younger. We’re like a JV team and we’re actually debating that. We’re going to have a meeting with the athletic director tomorrow to see if we stay varsity or go JV.”

Jordan-Elbridge (2-0) has both a varsity and junior varsity schedule in place. The Eagles are scheduled to face Central Square on Wednesday.

Whether Jordan-Elbridge moves on at the varsity or JV level, they hope the rebuild only lasts a couple years.

“We’ll take our lumps for a year or two, and then hopefully we keep the program together — and kids don’t drop out — and we’ll be solid after that,” Young said.

Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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