Biography — 1922-23-Geneva-Lacrosse

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1922-23 GHS Lacrosse Team

 

1923 Lacrosse Team

Despite being just the second season of lacrosse in Geneva, 45 young men tried out for the 1923 squad.  Led by Geneva Sports Hall of Famers, Paul Vogt and George ‘Jiggs’ O’Connor, the 1923 team finished the season with a 6-1 record.  Their only loss came in the first game of the season to the Hobart College freshmen.  Following that loss, the resilient Red and Black squad rattled off 6 straight wins, including defeating the Syracuse University freshmen 2-0 at legendary Archbold Stadium.  A stout defense was the recipe for success for Geneva as they averaged only two goals against per game.  The offense was equally impressive, registering 25 goals against Syracuse Vocational, which was a scholastic record at the time.

The Panthers biggest rivals were Syracuse powerhouses, Christian Brothers Academy and Central High. However, Geneva swept Christian Brothers 4-1 and 11-3.  After winning their first game over Central High by a score of 4-1 at home, Geneva traveled to Central High on May 26th for a chance at an undisputed State Championship.  Over 50% of the Geneva High student body made the trip to Syracuse for the game.  As the school newspaper reported that year, “Geneva outplayed, outfought and outclassed our rivals in every stage of the game.”

The talent of the 1923 squad was widely recognized across the state as 8 of the 24 members of the All-State team were laxers from Geneva. More importantly, the 1923 Red and Black warriors helped to forge the foundation of a lacrosse program that went on to win multiple sectional and state titles.  This same program has generated 14 All-Americans, 47 Division 1 athletes, 11 Division 1 head coaches, 6 players that have represented team USA, and 4 US Lacrosse Hall of Fame members.

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