All Bill Warder needed from Sean Sconone was for the goalie to stand on his head and put the team on his back, and the Connecticut Hammerheads coach was pretty sure everything would work out in the Major League Lacrosse tournament season.
It was a big ask, Warder readily admits, but one he made of Sconone each night after the Hammerheads got off to an 0-2 start at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., last month. And it was seemingly a “mission impossible” that Sconone turned into a “mission accomplished” as he backboned a three-game win streak that had the Hammerheads one victory away from a shot at the title before a coronavirus scare ended their season.
“He was lights-out in the league last year and built on that legend further this past week,” Warder said of the second-year goalie out of UMass. “He’s earned every accolade. With him you go into every game feeling like you have a chance. I probably shouldn’t put that pressure on him. But with Sean you do say: ‘If he makes 20 saves, we’re going to do well in this game.’”