SOMERS, N.Y.— It was senior day and the Somers Tuskers sure came to play, handing visiting Our Lady of Lourdes a 6-0 loss on Saturday, Oct. 15, while honoring their nine seniors.
“It was great to win our senior game, especially being that almost half our team is seniors,” senior captain Taylor Turchick said. “It meant so much.”
Turchick, who finished with two goals, started the scoring spree on a feed from Teagan Lucchese with 27:12 left in the first half.
“Our high energy contributed a lot to our fast start against Lourdes,” Turchick said. “As a team, one of our goals has been to try to start off fast and compete for the whole game, and I think our progress in that area really showed.”
Caitie Walsh added to the lead when Grace Farina found her for a goal with 4:26 left. A minute later, senior captain MaryKate Mollaghan set up senior Michelle Croen, who tipped it in, giving the Tuskers a 3-0 halftime lead.
“It meant a lot to everyone to be able to win this game, especially the seniors,” Croen said. “I love Somers field hockey and I’m thrilled that I got to end my last home game before sectionals on such a strong note.”
Turchick increased the lead just over a minute into the second half on a corner with Mollaghan getting her second assist of the day.
Rosalie Murphy scored on a corner 10 minutes into the second half to make it 5-0. Croen scored on a feed from senior captain Katie Campbell and Sheridan DeVito with a minute left to close out the scoring.
Senior Jess Monaco had a quiet day in net as the Tusker defense held Lourdes to no shots on goal, while the Tuskers were pressuring the Warriors throughout the contest, registering 15 corners.
Monaco made 25 saves in a 6-0 loss to seven-time defending Class B state champion Lakeland on Oct. 17.
Somers finished the regular season with a record of 12-3-1 and was second behind Lakeland in its league. The Tuskers posted their best regular season record in more than 15 years.
The first round of the Section 1 Class B playoffs start up on Oct. 22 with the Tuskers’ seed and opponent still to be determined at press time.
“We are playing really well going into sectionals,” Turchick said. “There are always things we can improve on, but I think the most important thing is just remembering the basics.”
Croen concurred with her teammate.
“I’m super-excited for sectionals,” she said. “We’ve been working really hard in practice and it’s definitely showing through in our games. We’ve gotten stronger every day throughout the season and I would definitely say we’re ready.”