Greens Farms Academy boys lacrosse senior Seby Bodian loves being a two-way player.
A short-stick defensive midfielder, Bodian loves playing on both ends of the field and during Saturday’s 13-11 win over Hopkins, the Dragon seniors made his presence felt all over.
Bodian scored a team-high four goals to help the Dragons notch their second straight win over the Hilltoppers, after knocking Hopkins off for the first time in more than 20 years during the 2019 season.
“Listen, we ask guys to step up and do certain things,” GFA coach John Mathews said. “He scored some goals for us today and we gave him our Mr. Intangible Award for the game because he did a lot of the little things, too. We asked him to do a lot and it paid off.”
Bodian was a sophomore the last time GFA topped Hopkins, a thrilling overtime victory.
With the Hilltoppers back on the Dragons’ turf, Bodian and his senior classmates knew one more win over Hopkins would give them career bragging rights over their rivals.
“Honestly, we hadn’t played Hopkins in forever,” Bodian said. “Given the circumstances of this year, I just wanted to get out there and give it 150 percent and do whatever I could do to help the team win. Ground balls. Anything. The balls bounced in my favor, but overall it was a great win.”
Oscar Edelman added two goals for the Dragons while singles goals were tallied by Will Magrone (1 assist), Max Yates (1 assist), Kyle Haas (1 assist), Will Kuryla (1 assist), Thomas Edwards and Grant Miller. Henry Mcdonald also had an assist.
Goalie Jack Grills made 10 saves.
Bodian is certainly a passionate and emotional player, but of which were on display on Saturday.
He and the rest of the Dragons, however, kept their composure about them as Hopkins piled up 13 penalties to GFA’s one.
A handful of man-up goals proved vital to the win.
“We talked about keeping our composure and keeping our heads,” Mathews said. “We didn’t want to beat ourselves.”
GFA has dealt with a handful of injuries to some of its top players this spring, but the team is starting to become whole as it heads into the homestretch of the season.
“We’ve had a lot of guys step up, but we are getting healthy again,” Mathews said. “I’m proud of how our kids played today.”