SOMERS, N.Y.— Somers entered the Section 1 Class B championship game last season with an 18-0 record and was looking to win its third straight section title.
The Tuskers, however, came up short against rival Yorktown in a 10-9 loss after Katie Comerford scored with just seconds remaining.
But don’t think for one second that the loss hasn’t been in their thoughts for the full length of the off-season.
“Losing to Yorktown by a goal in the section final last year is a great motivation for this season,” senior Livy Rosenzweig said. “Although we want to take one game at a time, sectionals and the section final is always in the back of our minds. Knowing that we came up short last year allows us to work hard every day in practice and try to be the best that we can be.”
Rosenzweig, a Loyola-bound senior who has over 200 career goals, leads the Tuskers on attack and is coming off an All-American junior season.
“She has a wealth of experience and knowledge about the game and her leadership on and off the field will contribute immensely to our team’s success,” Somers coach Jaime Pryschlak said.
Livy’s sister, Gabby Rosenzweig, is now playing at the University of Pennsylvania after an All-American senior season. The Tuskers also lost two other key offensive players in Izzy La Rocca and Sydney Ericson.
“We lost some amazing girls and offensive threats,” Rosenzweig said. “Despite graduating those players, we have awesome girls stepping up. I am excited to see how we jell as a team and who steps up big time this season.”
Senior Hannah Tiso is one of those players looking to step up as she joins Rosenzweig on the starting midfield. Both players are team captains.
“There are many other players that will be filling in the role of the third midfielder and we have a variety of speeds and skills that offer versatility and flexibility,” Pryschlak said.
Junior Teagan Lucchese and senior Katie Campbell are also key returning players on attack, although Pryschlak emphasizes having a number of players capable of scoring.
“We focus on a team attack and not just having two or three threats,” Pryschlak said. “Of course there will be goal scorers, but without a full team effort and working together, we wouldn’t be able to be successful. Those players who contribute off-ball are just as important as those players who score the goals.”
Senior Jess Monaco, a captain, returns in net and is a three-year starter.
“Jess has great knowledge about the game and understanding of what attackers’ tendencies are,” Pryschlak said. “Her game sense and ability to read the offense’s next play help in making her successful.”
Senior Michelle Croen is the backup goalie and Pryschlak said she will compete for time in the cage. Her confidence and composure have grown, according to Pryschlak.
Senior Mary Murphy, a Princeton-bound captain, leads the defense in front of Monaco along with senior Faith Anne Ferguson.
The Tusker roster is rounded out by Emma Kittredge (sophomore, midfield), Sheridan DeVito (junior, defense), Caitlin Spor (sophomore, midfield), Hannah Lustig (sophomore, midfield), Jordan Cavaliero (junior, midfield), Tina Morgante (junior, midfield), Taylor Turchick (senior, defense), Alex Pittman (sophomore, defense), Jen Campbell (freshman, midfield), Julie Curran (senior, defense), Hannah Nemeth (senior, attack) and Lauren Colavito (senior, attack).
Somers opened the season with a 14-10 loss to host Bronxville on March 27. Tiso (4G), Rosenzweig (1G, 3A), Lucchese (1G, 2A), Katie Campbell (1G), Lustig (1G), Morgante (1G), Jen Campbell (1G) and Monaco (five saves) rounded out the stat sheet.
The Tuskers traveled to Albertus Magnus on March 29 and host Pelham at 4:30 p.m. on March 31.
“Our goals are always to compete for and win a section title and the sting of last year’s loss (to Yorktown) hasn’t resided,” Pryschlak said. “We have a large senior class, with some of those players having had a taste of a section title, so they are motivated to get back to the sectional final and go out on top for their last year. We have a competitive schedule that will challenge us and prepare us for postseason.”