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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Boys Lacrosse: ER's Shalvoy playing with the elite

  • The East Rochester junior attacker is among Section 5's leaders in points and goals this spring. Shalvoy scored eight goals in a win over Bishop Kearney last month.

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  • Sports are a way of life in the Shalvoy house.
    Plenty of family conversations revolve around sports of all sorts, particularly hockey and lacrosse. Right after Raymond was born, his parents were taking him to Amerks and Knighthawks games.
    You can still find Ray and the rest of the Shalvoy family at sporting events at the Blue Cross Arena. They have also made plenty of memories on the turf at East Rochester High School.
    The junior entered this week as the leading scorer for the ER boys lacrosse team with 28 goals and 11 assists. The Bombers (6-2) are back in action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when they host Bath.
    “We are doing a great job of moving the ball and cooperating with each other,” Shalvoy said. “Nothing is going wrong this year. We are trying to take every game one at a time and win each game.”
    Almost right after he started walking Raymond was honing his lacrosse skills. He first started playing with the Fairport youth program at four-years-old.
    Growing up Shalvoy dreamed of the day he could play with his friends on East Rochester’s school team, despite the fact the school didn’t have boys lacrosse as a varsity sport. He could have played for Fairport or McQuaid, but Shalvoy refused to don any other colors other than ER’s orange and brown.
    Shalvoy’s dream was realized in the eighth grade when he played on the Bombers first varsity team.
    “I think he has done a tremendous job latching on to the right mentors,” said Chris Shalvoy, Ray’s father. “For him (lacrosse) is not just a sport, it is a lifestyle. He respects the game, and you can really see that in the way he plays.”
    Shalvoy made history on April 20 in the Bombers 10-9 overtime win over Bishop Kearney when he scored a school record eight goals. He was so focused he didn’t know about the milestone until after the game was over.
    “I got good looks,” Shalvoy said. “Everyone was passing the ball and I was getting great looks. Everyone was playing well. It feels good to get noticed and recognized by other people on other teams.”
    Shalvoy carried the momentum over to the following game as he finished with six goals in ER’s 19-4 win over Batavia. The most important part of that victory for Shalvoy? He finished with a season-high five assists.
    Shalvoy is a key part of a program on the rise. The Bombers have improved each season since going winless in their first year.
    What is the next hurdle for the program? Competing for a sectional title.
    “Our ultimate goal is to win sectionals and try to make an impact and show everyone in the lacrosse community that we are for real,” Shalvoy said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Shalvoy’s production has improved each season.
    After scoring four goals as eighth grader he finished with 25 as a freshman. Shalvoy recorded 33 goals en route to a 57-point season last spring.
    Shalvoy has begun the college search process with several schools in the running including Roberts Wesleyan.
    “He is willing to put the work in,” said Chris Cummings, ER head coach. “He is the first one to show up every single day, and he stays after practice shooting on cage because he wants to be the best. His whole life is lacrosse.”

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