Somers Battles but Falls to Suffern, North Rockland

Hannah Lustig, left, congratulates Sophia Fiorino after her goal. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers’ girls lacrosse team knew what it was up against.

The Tuskers had defending Section 1 Class A champion North Rockland and Class A finalist Suffern on the schedule last week. While both games resulted in losses, the experience of playing such talented teams will only bolster Somers in the long run.

In the second game of a home-and-home series, Somers fell to visiting Suffern 13-11 on a windy Tuesday afternoon.

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“It definitely exposes our weaknesses,” Somers coach Jaime Pryschlak said of two losses to Suffern over a four-day period. “We’re at a good point in the season where it’s OK to lose these games. I think some losses under our belt isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They really show us what we need to work on and what’s really out there. What opponents are capable of doing. I think it’s definitely a great lesson learned.”

With 1:03 left in the first half, Sophia Fiorino (2G) gave the Tuskers a 7-6 lead. Suffern’s Alyssa Sanchez responded with just two seconds remaining to send the game into halftime tied at 7-7 on May 2.

It was a back-and-forth second half. Somers took the early advantage as it stormed out of the second-half gates with Hannah Tiso scoring an unassisted goal 35 seconds in.  Sixteen seconds later, Livy Rosenzweig added another goal of the unassisted variety to give Somers a 7-5 lead.

The Tuskers, however, were held scoreless for the next 19 minutes as Suffern went on a 5-0 run to take a 10-7 lead.

“The draw was crucial,” Pryschlak said. “We started to win it a little bit in the first (half). I think we were almost even—maybe they had one more than us. In our last game against them we dominated the draw. You could see that was the difference in the second half. They were able to pull away and maintain possession. We weren’t making our slides quick enough. All those little minor mistakes add up.”

Hannah Tiso (2G) finally broke the ice with the assist going to Rosenzweig (2G, 3A) with 5:29 left to cut the deficit to 10-8 but Somers was unable to get any closer than a two-goal deficit.

Katie Campbell paced the Tusker effort with four goals and an assist. Teagan Lucchese (1G, 2A) also chipped in with Jess Monaco making four saves in the cage.

In a game with two evenly matched teams, a game like this comes down to the intangibles.

“Groundballs, heart, desire, athleticism—those little things,” Pryschlak said. “I think we match up pretty well. Suffern’s got a great program. They come with a lot of experience. Having just played them (on April 28), we had a scouting report against them and knew what they were about. It came down to the little things: communication, groundballs, making the correct passes, moving the goalie, covering X. If you don’t do the little things, they lead to big turnovers and they were able to capitalize on those turnovers.”

Somers rebounded with a 13-11 league win over host John Jay-Cross River two days later.

The Tuskers led 5-2 at halftime and quickly went up 6-2 on a goal from Rosenzweig just under two minutes into the second half.  John Jay mounted a rally but Somers was able to hold on for the win.

Lucchese (4G, 1A), Rosenzweig (3G, 1A), Campbell (2G, 2A), Lauren Colavito (1G, 1A), Hannah Lustig (1G, 1A), Fiorino (1G), Michelle Croen (nine saves) and Monaco (five saves) rounded out the production for Somers.

Somers had a tough day offensively where it managed just two second-half goals in a 12-7 loss to host North Rockland on May 6.

The Tuskers went into halftime down 9-5 but was unable to get back into the game in the second half as the Red Raiders stalled and controlled possession.

Lucchese had a goal and three assists, while Fiorino, Colavito, Katie Campbell, Rosenzweig, Jen Campbell and Tina Morgante added a goal apiece. Monaco had four saves.

Somers traveled to Lakeland/Panas on May 10, hosts Rye at 6 p.m. today and hosts Scarsdale in its regular-season finale at 11 a.m. two days later. The game with Scarsdale is also Somers’ senior day.

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