April 12, 2013
Conor Prunty and Justin Mabus grew up playing lacrosse together on the grassroots circuit.
As young guns, they envisioned playing lacrosse on a big time stage beyond the traditional Westchester lacrosse breeding grounds of Yorktown and Lakeland-Panas.
As 12-year-olds, the thought of authoring college careers and earning scholarships to play fueled their motivation. They talked about it all the time -- in the driveway, over constant video games of Madden, and throughout various camps together.
While developing their skills and ascending the ladder--from modified to J.V. to Varsity, the ultra-competitive spirit between the two never dampened.
Of course, the once-childhood buds took separate routes as both players' games developed and prospered. Prunty starred at Lakeland/Panas and Mabus emerged into a playmaker at Yorktown, longtime blood rivals in Section I lacrosse.
The division didn't stick.