SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Last season ended in heartbreak for Somers’ girls lacrosse when Yorktown scored on a last-second goal to end the Tuskers’ two-year reign as Section 1 Class B champions.
This year the Tuskers are looking to turn the tables.
“Our mindset going into sectionals is to keep our energy and drive to win up,” Somers senior Livy Rosenzweig said. “We’re trying to make the best of every game and every opportunity before the season is over. Falling short last year definitely motivates us to do well in the postseason this year.”
Somers secured the Conference 2 League B title with a dominant 17-6 win over host Lakeland/Panas on May 10, behind eight goals and two assists from Livy Rosenzweig.
The Tuskers scored three goals in the final 1:26 of the first half to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
Katie Campbell (2G, 1A) started the surge with an unassisted tally. She scored again on a feed from Hannah Lustig just 25 seconds later. Fifteen seconds after that, Rosenzweig closed the first-half scoring with Hannah Tiso setting her up.
“It’s always important to get a little bit of a cushion before halftime,” Rosenzweig said. “Teams make adjustments and get it together during halftime so I think it’s important to try and go on a run before the first half is over.”
Somers stormed out of the gate in the second half and went up 13-4 with just under 12 minutes left.
“The key to pulling away in the second half was our energy,” Rosenzweig said. “We went after every groundball, got off the line on the draw, and shared the ball and it all started with our energy. In the past few games we’ve struggled with our heart and hustle. This game it all clicked for us. It started from the cheering from the bench and translated onto the field. We celebrated everything we did and it made us want to keep doing well.”
Lauren Colavito netted three goals, while Teagan Lucchese added a goal and two assists. Sophia Fiorino (1A), Emma Kittredge and Tina Morgante notched a goal apiece. Faith Anne Ferguson had an assist.
Jess Monaco stopped eight shots in between the pipes.
With Rosenzweig out, the rest of the Tuskers (10-6) stepped up in a 13-9 win over visiting Rye on May 11.
“Livy always manages to provide our team with the leadership and confidence that we can get the job done,” said Lucchese, who posted an impressive game with five goals and three assists. “With Livy out of the game, we knew that job belonged to us. It wasn’t something that needed to be said, we just did it. Knowing that Livy was on the sideline cheering us on gave us the shot in the arm that we needed to pull it off.”
Tiso (3G), Kittredge (1G, 2A), Campbell (1G, 1A), Fiorino (1G), Colavito (1G), Lustig (1G) and Monaco (11 saves) filled out the rest of the stat sheet.
Somers fell 13-12 to visiting Scarsdale in its regular-season finale on senior day, May 15.
Monaco made some critical saves, including the 400th of her career, which puts her first on the all-time saves list in Somers girls lacrosse history.
“It was very special for me to get my 400th save on senior day and break the school record,” Monaco said. “It meant so much because I have been playing with most of the seniors on my team since third grade and was happy to have them on the field with me during this milestone.”
Rosenzweig netted four goals for Somers, which garnered the No. 3 seed in the Class B sectionals and hosts the winner between Brewster and Carmel on May 20, in the quarterfinals
“Our motivation for success goes beyond losing in the section title game last year,” Lucchese said. “Every year our goal is to reach and win the section championship, regardless of what happened the year before. Like coach P (Jaime Pryschlak) always says, ‘In this game, you need to have a short memory.’”