YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The celebration is just getting started in the Town of Yorktown.
Yorktown High School won its first boys lacrosse state championship since 2003 and seventh overall by defeating Jamesville-DeWitt 10-9 in the New York State Class B championship game at Hofstra University on Saturday.
The town plans on honoring the team at an upcoming town board meeting while the Yorktown School District will honor the team at the June 16 Board of Education meeting.
Lacrosse in Yorktown has been a way of life since Charlie Murphy helped introduce the sport to the town in 1965, initially donating $500 to help pay for equipment, goals and sticks and opening his home to players. He is known as "The Father of Yorktown Lacrosse."
This past weekend in Yorktown, the Murphy Lacrosse Jamboree was held fittingly at Charles Murphy Field at Yorktown High School.
Town Councilman Terrence Murphy (no relation) said he is looking forward to honoring the team.
"It was an unbelievably exciting game," Murphy said. "It just went back and forth. We have become one of the premier schools in the Northeast."
Murphy said lacrosse in Yorktown has become a blessing for many of the kids, who have gone on to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, Virginia and Syracuse among other lacrosse powerhouses.
"It's really provided these kids with an opportunity to succeed," Murphy said. "These kids begin playing in the Yorktown Athletic Club and play together in high school. They develop teamwork. We've got talented athletes in this town."