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Jan. 7, 2016 — A replacement, but pain certainly remains

Last evening, the school board of Camillus West Genesee (N.Y.) appointed Kevin Hennigan as its new girls’ lacrosse coach.

The appointment took place at breakneck speed after former coach Bob Elmer resigned suddenly late last year. Only then were revelations about sexual assaults of a former babysitter hit the newspapers and the entire lacrosse community.

But if anyone can heal the wounds that have been opened, it’s Hennigan. He played on the storied boys’ program at West Genesee, and his wife Jacquie played for Elmer.

“Anyone who takes over knows there will be pressure there.” Hennigan tells The Syracuse Post-Standard. “We’re going to be able to continue those things.”

The Wildcats will be an interesting team to keep an eye on, as they still are capable of championship-level play, having won the NYSPHSAA Class A title in 2014. But they lost four games a year ago, including a state semifinal against West Islip (N.Y.).

And though they haven’t played an interstate matchup since losing to Mendham (N.J.) in 2012, the team still bears watching for national ranking honors this spring.


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