SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers had a tough week on tap with Brewster and John Jay-Cross River on the schedule, but the unbeaten Tuskers made it look easy with two convincing wins.
On top of that, senior Gabby Rosenzweig netted her 100th career goal and junior Jess Monaco made her 200th career save in a 17-7 win over host John Jay-Cross River in a league contest on April 16.
“We were able to get out to a big lead against John Jay once we started taking care of the ball and playing our game,” Rosenzweig said. “We were a little frazzled since they were playing us pretty tough in the beginning, but coach Jaime (Pryschlak) called a timeout and we responded well and started to relax and pull away.”
The Tuskers jumped out to an 11-4 halftime lead and Rosenzweig, who finished with four goals and four assists, wasted no time attaining the milestone.
Livy Rosenzweig found Gabby just 19 seconds into the second half to stretch the lead to 12-4. The sisters hooked up again a few minutes later and this time it was for Gabby’s 100th goal.
“It was an amazing feeling to score my hundredth goal,” Gabby said. “I’ve seen so many amazing players come through the program and accomplish it before me and it just felt great to be put in the same category as all my teammates before me. It was also a plus that it came from a pass from my sister — that is something I’ll remember and cherish forever.”
Monaco finished with seven saves and was proud to reach 200 career saves.
“It feels so awesome,” Monaco said. “It was definitely an accomplishment of mine and I think it shows that hard work pays off.”
Monaco said that communication was critical in slowing down John Jay’s offense.
“We worked as a team and were able to come up with big defensive stops because of it,” Monaco said. “Sending lots of doubles and crashing hard also helped cause great defensive turnovers.”
Livy Rosenzweig, who is also in the 100 goal club, finished with four goals and two assists. Izzy La Rocca tallied two goals, while Teagan Lucchese, Sydney Ericson, Katie Campbell, Emily McCormack and Rachel Riger each had one goal.
The Tuskers jumped out to a 15-4 halftime lead and cruised past visiting Brewster 21-12 in another league game on April 13.
Livy led the way with five goals and four assists, while Gabby had four goals and four assists. Ericson (1A), Lucchese, Campbell and Sophia Fiorino each had two goals. La Rocca added a goal and two assists. McCormack, Hannah Tiso and Riger each added one goal.
Monaco (six saves) and Michelle Croen combined for 10 saves.
Somers narrowly defeated host Arlington 11-9 on April 18. Gabby paced Somers with three goals and three assists, while La Rocca (1A) and Lucchese also netted three goals. Livy (1G, 1A), Tiso (1G), Fiorino (1A), McCormack (1A) and Monaco (nine saves) also contributed.
The Tuskers face a big test in a rematch of the last two Section 1 Class B championship games as they travel to Yorktown for a 4:30 p.m. game on Thursday, April 21.
“We had a pretty tough game against Arlington [Monday] and I think it was a good wake up call,” Gabby Rosenzweig said. “It was just what we needed before playing Yorktown. We were able to see our weaknesses and will hopefully get those kinks out before playing Yorktown on Thursday. The key to that game will be giving it our all and staying composed while really playing as a team. Defensively and offensively it will be so important to play together and have each others’ backs. We’re trying not to make this game a huge deal, in the end this game is just a battle and we want to win the war.”