SOMERS, N.Y. — There were some jitters early but Somers’ girls lacrosse team looked like a well-oiled machine, taking a five-goal second-half lead against perennial powerhouse Bronxville in its season opener.
Unfortunately for the Tuskers, however, Bronxville went on a ferocious run in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime. The Broncos scored 47 seconds into the extra session to record a 9-8 win on Thursday, April 5.
“I think we got too comfortable and they capitalized,” Somers first-year co-coach Alexa Lucchesi said. “We gave them really easy opportunities. We allowed them on the 8-meter, we allowed them on the line. It was tough.”
Lucchesi and co-coach Tori Doyle weren’t hired until March 10. Considering the short amount of time the Tuskers have had with their new coaches, the duo was happy with the performance.
“Although it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, we are extremely impressed by how hard the girls played,” Lucchesi said.
Following an Emma Kittredge goal with 4:59 left in the game, Somers held a commanding 9-4 lead.
The momentum, however, quickly swung in Bronxville’s favor.
The Broncos netted two quick goals to trim the Tusker lead to 9-6. They added another goal with 2:12 left as they dominated the draw. With 1:43 remaining, they cut it to one and just 22 seconds later the game was all tied up.
Somers got off to a slow start in the first half. It didn’t score its first goal until there was 11:46 left on the clock as Noelle DeMarinis cut the deficit to 3-1.
Jen Campbell scored with 3:04 left. Hanah Lustig then weaved her way through traffic and finished with just three seconds left in the half to send the game into the break with Bronxvile leading 4-3.
Lustig carried the momentum into the second half when she finished on an 8-meter shot to tie the game.
Megan Dineen gave Somers its first lead when she went coast-to-coast. Lustig (1A) capped off her hat trick on a feed from Teagan Lucchese to increase the Tusker advantage to 6-4 with 12:20 left.
“They knew they could keep up with them,” Lucchesi said. “We were working hard. It’s all about how we’re going to work at practice and come to the game and bring it.”
Campbell and Lucchese netted the next two goals and Somers was up 8-4 with 8:47 to go. Kittredge finished off the 7-0 run minutes later.
“We just started playing together,” Doyle said of what sparked the big run. “The defense was coming up with it (the ball), and then the attack was being smart with their opportunities. If the attack turned it over, they got the ball back and rode them out.”
Doyle said that Alex Pittman was key defensively in taking charges and forcing turnovers.
“And Jen Campbell was on fire,” Doyle said. “She was busting her butt up and down the field.”
Somers was scheduled to travel to Hendrick Hudson on April 10. Today the Tuskers head to Rye for a 6 p.m. game. They then host Horace Greeley at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 16.
Kennedy Catholic 14, Archbishop Molloy 2
Kennedy Catholic’s girls lacrosse team defeated Archbishop Molloy 14-2 on Monday, April 9.
Goals for Kennedy were scored by Alexandra Cartisano, Caroline Girolamo, Emily Girolamo, Jill Harrington, Grace Kennedy, Ellen Martirano, Abby Mascia, Molly McSpeadon, Danielle Pesavento and Cassidy Petrullo. Breanna Trainor had 7 saves.