SOMERS, N.Y.— If someone told Somers coach Vin DeGregorio that his team would only be trailing Yorktown by two goals after three quarters in its season opener, he certainly would sign up for that.
When the final whistle blew on March 27, the host Tuskers had endured a 14-8 setback but there were plenty of positives to take away.
“I’m very proud of the guys,” DeGregorio said. “They did everything in their power to win. We fell short executing in certain moments, but I’m excited about the squad. I know they’re going to be ready to work on getting better.”
Upset-minded Somers came out firing in the first half and quickly took a 2-0 lead. Yorktown rattled off four straight goals but senior Graham Roediger and junior Vince Cartelli had the answer as the squads went into halftime tied at 4-4.
“We executed well in the first half and that made all the difference,” DeGregorio said. “As the game wore on, Yorktown capitalized on some of our mistakes. We had a couple of turnovers that we didn’t clean up.”
Cartelli gave a pumped up Somers team a 5-4 lead 49 seconds into the second half. Kyle Casey answered with two goals for Yorktown and Dom Cioffi slammed home a rebound—which bounced right to him off the pipe—to send the Huskers into the fourth quarter up 7-5.
“Sometimes it’s about just a couple plays in a game,” DeGregorio said. “We’re going to learn a lot from the film.”
A Cartelli rip cut it to 8-6 with 7:33 left in the game, but Casey backed his way in for a goal to extend the deficit back to three goals. Jack Kessler sent in a low bouncer but Yorktown answered with a big hit to cause a turnover, which led to a goal and Somers trailed 10-7 with just over four minutes to go.
Roediger (1A) and Cartelli each had three goals to lead Somers. Senior Andrew Lowman had a goal, two assists and scooped up five groundballs. Junior Tyler Carr made nine saves in net.
The Tuskers won the faceoff battle for most of the game with Mike Cliff (1A) and Conor Jaykus combining to go 15-10. But Yorktown was able to gain possession when it mattered the most in the fourth quarter with Brendan Williams winning four out of five draws.
Louis Ragusa made nine of his 15 saves for Yorktown in the second half to halt the Tusker surge.
Somers, which opens the season with seven straight home games, hosts John Jay-Cross River at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1.
“They’re always looking for a way to be successful,” DeGregorio said of his team. “The guys who play zero minutes, to the guys who play 48 minutes, they’re always pushing each other in practice.”