MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Almost every time Somers and Yorktown face-off in girls lacrosse it is a back-and-forth affair that goes down to the wire.
This year’s Section 1 Class B championship game was no different in that regard, but Yorktown flipped the script on Somers this time when Katie Comerford scored with 14 seconds left to propel the second-seeded Huskers to a 10-9 victory over the top-seeded Tuskers on May 26 at Mahopac High School.
“Playing Yorktown is always a battle; sometimes one of us just ends up being the better team that day,” Somers senior captain Gabby Rosenzweig said. “This game could have gone on forever without someone pulling away. It just came down to who had the ball at the end of the game. We had some critical turnovers as time was running out that were hard to recover from. We struggled offensively, which is normally our strength. They were very prepared and had a solid defensive game plan that cost us the game.”
Somers had won the last two Section 1 Class B titles with last year’s win coming on a buzzer beater from Rosenzweig and the Tuskers won the year before in overtime.
The Tuskers had possession with a minute-and-a-half left on the clock, but turned the ball over at midfield when Comerford knocked the ball out of Livy Rosenzweig’s stick and Rilea Fusco scooped it up. Yorktown quickly called timeout with a minute remaining and milked the clock until Fusco found Comerford in front for the decisive score.
The ensuing draw was won by Yorktown. The Huskers ran out the clock and stormed the field as the heartbroken Tuskers could not bear to watch.
“Coming into the game we knew it would be back-and-forth,” Somers senior captain Izzy La Rocca said. “The main problem was we never really got into the flow to play our style of play. We let Yorktown dictate the pace of the game and we were playing more defensive than proactive. We fought hard and I was proud of everyone for not giving up but we lacked a certain energy especially in the second half. We normally come out really hard but when it didn’t just come we were a little bit frazzled.”
Junior Hannah Tiso gave Somers a 9-8 lead on a feed from La Rocca with 7:28 remaining.
Yorktown led 8-6 with 11:21 left, but Somers responded with goals from junior Sophia Fiorino and Livy Rosenzweig (4G) over a 23-second span.
In the first half the Tuskers started slowly offensively and trailed 4-2 with five minutes left. Somers scored the final three goals of the half, however, to take a 5-4 lead into halftime. Livy started the run on a feed from Gabby (2G, 2A), Gabby followed with a goal of her own and La Rocca capped it off with a bouncing shot with 53 seconds left.
“We were feeling confident at the half because we were up,” Gabby said, “but we knew we needed to play as if we were losing.”
Despite the loss, the Tuskers still had a season to remember, finishing 18-1 and winning another league championship.
“We didn’t win the section title this year but we had a great regular season,” Gabby said. “This year was a very special and supportive year. The girls were all so kind and positive and we got along so well. Not only did we become a very successful program over the years but within the program we built a family. I wouldn’t have wanted to be a part of any other program. I am beyond proud to be a Somers Tusker.”
The current senior class at Somers helped bring the girls’ lacrosse team to prominence. When they were freshmen, the Tuskers reached their first semifinal in program history. The following season Somers won its first section title. They made it two in a row last year and were state finalists.
“These past few years playing at Somers have been absolutely amazing,” Gabby Rosenzweig said. “Each year I’ve learned more and more about being a stronger athlete and a stronger person. I have been so honored to have played with such amazing people and lacrosse players. The girls I played with these past couple of years were my best friends and I’m so proud of them and how far they’ve come in terms of leadership and lacrosse. From my freshman year on there’s been a culture of true competitiveness and camaraderie. Every day we were expected to play with heart and give it our all every time we stepped on the field. Coach Jaime (Pryschlak) always said that she didn’t care if someone else won if they were the better team that day, as long as we gave it everything we had. I was so blessed to be a part of such an amazing program that grew each year I’ve been here. We started out as just another team on the schedule and ended up being the team to beat. Winning two section titles and advancing to the state championship is something I’ll remember forever and I’m so happy I was here when Somers got on the map.”
La Rocca echoed her teammate’s sentiments.
“The past years of Somers lacrosse have been absolutely tremendous,” La Rocca said. “I looked forward to going to practice every day. The friendships I have made with the other girls in the past years and this year are some of my closest friends. In practice everyone was competing every day and pushing each other to be better. Winning two section championships in my four years at Somers have honestly been moments I will never forget. It was one of the best feelings I have ever had. Especially last year going as far as we did was such an experience that I was lucky to have played in a state tournament. Even though this year we didn’t reach our goal of winning another section title, we still have so much to be proud of in our season because when we were in the flow it was a great thing to play in and watch.”