Somers Offense Stalls in Finals Setback

Tusker Sophia Fiorino is double-teamed. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Just 1:09 into the Section 1 Class B championship game, Somers was on the board on a goal from Hannah Tiso.

The next 49 minutes, however, was a struggle.

Top-seeded Yorktown shut down third-seeded Somers’ offense, handing it a 9-4 loss to defeat the Tuskers for the second-straight season in the finals on May 25 at Yorktown High School.

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 “On offense we felt a little frantic, so we tried to rush the ball instead of cherishing it and capitalizing on each opportunity,” senior Katie Campbell said of the Tuskers’ struggles. “After going down, we panicked and things spiraled a little out of control.”

Following Tiso’s goal, Yorktown went on a 4-0 run capped off by a Michelle Seger (4G) goal with 12:15 left on a free position shot.

Hannah Lustig found Campbell (1G, 1A) in front for a goal to cut it to 4-2 with 8:50 until halftime, but the Huskers answered with two goals to take a 6-2 lead into the break.

“Yorktown is a talented team and they outplayed us on Thursday, but I’m really proud of all that our team accomplished this season,” Campbell said.

Yorktown scored the first two goals of the second half to take an 8-2 advantage with 20:45 to play. Tiso finally broke the drought with her second goal with 8:50 left as the Tuskers didn’t score for over 20 minutes of action against a Husker team they did not play during the regular season for the first time in recent memory.

“I definitely believe that not playing Yorktown in the regular season was a disadvantage,” senior Livy Rosenzweig said. “In the past, when Yorktown was in our league, it allowed us to properly scout them and know their tendencies on the field. Given that we hadn’t played them since last season it was hard to know what they were going to do during the game.”

Emma Kittredge netted another goal with 10:30 to play and Rilea Fusco (2G, 3A) closed out the scoring with 4:50 left on the clock.

Rosenzweig, a Loyola-bound senior, was held scoreless in the game. Ellen O’Callaghan face-guarded Rosenzweig throughout the contest and she was unable to get many open looks at the net.

“We struggled making good decisions on offense and turned it over a lot,” Rosenzweig said. “We didn’t capitalize on the opportunities we were given and in the end it was definitely one of the reasons we couldn’t get it done.”

Lauren Colavito added an assist for Somers.

Somers cruised past second-seeded Tappan Zee 17-6 in the semifinals on May 23.

Teagan Lucchese (1A), Rosenzweig and Tiso scored four goals apiece to spark the Tuskers. Sophia Fiorino had three goals and an assist, while Campbell added two goals and an assist. Jess Monaco made nine saves.

Despite the loss in the finals, the Tuskers have plenty to be proud of over the past four years  Somers won section titles in 2014 and 2015, reaching the state finals in 2015. The Tuskers finished this season with a 12-7 record and also won a league championship.

“Playing lacrosse at Somers has been an amazing experience that I’ll always cherish,” Campbell said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing teammates whom I’ve shared hundreds of amazing memories with. Through the wins and losses, what I’ll always remember are the amazing fans, teammates and coaches who helped us along the way.”

It was a season of ups and downs for Somers but the Tuskers clicked heading into the playoffs.

“We really came together toward the end of the season and unfortunately came up short,” Rosenzweig said. “Despite coming up short this year, I have learned a lot this season and have been tested on and off the field as a player and a leader. Playing lacrosse at Somers has taught me so much not only as a player but as a person and a teammate. Although winning two section championships and making it to the state final my sophomore year will always be some of my fondest memories, the best memories that I will truly remember forever are the times I spent with my best friends. My four years on varsity have provided me with lifelong friends and some of the best times of my life. I will forever miss the bus rides, team bondings and team dinners.”

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