PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.— It was a week featuring a one-goal win over a perennially powerful team along with a humbling loss for the Somers boys lacrosse team.
The Tuskers held on for a 9-8 win over host Pleasantville on Tuesday, April 18.
Somers held a commanding 9-3 lead after three quarters, but the Panthers staged a furious five-goal rally to cut the deficit to a goal with a minute left. The Tuskers, however, were able to weather the storm and pull out the win.
“Our offense did a great job getting us an early lead to work with in the first half,” junior goalie Tyler Carr said. “We’ve had a challenging schedule playing all of the best teams in our area and Pleasantville has some great offensive weapons. It was great to stop their late run and hold on for the win.”
Graham Roediger paced Somers with three goals. Vincent Cartelli netted two goals, while Connor Gill and Mike Cliff had a goal and two assists each.
Carr had a big game in net with 16 saves for a Tusker squad that holds a 4-5 record.
“It’s been about getting back to the basics by staying calm in my technique and focusing on the shots and reacting to the ball,” Carr said of his success in net. “Going into Pleasantville, I just thought that I needed to really give my all by making all the saves I’m supposed to make and also making some of the ones I’m not expected to make. I have to give a lot of credit to our defense as they really stepped up as a unit.”
Somers fell to visiting Archbishop Stepinac 9-6 on April 22. The game was tied 6-6 before the Crusaders ended it on a 3-0 run.
“We need to work on keeping our intensity at the highest level for all 48 minutes,” Carr said. “We can’t take anyone for granted and we have to understand it’s a learning process and look forward to the playoffs. We can use the loss as motivation and come to practice ready to get better every day.”
The Tuskers traveled to Byram Hills on April 25 and host Harrison at 4:15 p.m. on April 27.