Somers Soaring Down the Stretch

Caitlin Walsh chases a ball down the sideline. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

SOMERS, N.Y.— Sometimes a tie is something that gets overlooked in sports, especially when it’s a scoreless game.

But Somers’ field hockey team knows exactly how big a 0-0 tie with the Rye Garnets is, after the Tuskers achieved that feat on Friday, Oct. 20.

Rye is an annual contender for a Class B section title and has competed in the championship game against Lakeland for the past eight seasons.

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After enduring a 5-2 road loss to Rye back in September, the Tuskers were ready to respond.

“We really utilized everything we learned from the first time we played them and corrected our mistakes,” senior captain Sheridan DeVito said. “Our midfield and offense really kept the tempo of the game and were able to consistently run all 60 minutes and play with intensity. This tie really gave us the confidence that we were able to truly compete with a high-level team and going forward showed us that we need to work on execution on corners and working together within the circle which ultimately will end in goals.”

Nicole Garrity and the Tusker defense were able to hold the fort down on defense to preserve the tie. Garrity finished with 10 saves in net.

Somers had its share of chances and corners, but couldn’t finish on the offensive end.

Two days earlier, the Tuskers shut down Hendrick Hudson 4-0.

Hannah Lustig started the scoring midway through the first half with the assist going to Emma Kittredge (2A). Erin Clark was set up by Lustig with 1:14 left in the half to send the Tuskers into the break leading 2-0.

Clark added her second goal less than two minutes into the second half with Rosalie Murphy notching the assist. Caitlin Spor closed out the scoring on a feed from Kittredge with eight minutes left.

“Hen Hud was a special game for us. We came out to help Hen Hud support diabetes (research) and added some blue tape on our sticks and ribbon in our hair,” DeVito said. “After getting acclimated to the grass in the first five minutes we were able to create a rhythm. Having key offensive players such as Hannah Lustig, Caitlin Spor and Erin Clark score really gave us confidence. Erin has become a strong force for our team on offense. She leads our team up the field constantly.”

Somers blanked host Mahopac 1-0 on Oct. 17, with Spor scoring the game winner with just 5:51 remaining in the game. Murphy had the assist.

The Tuskers finished the regular season 8-6-2 and earned the No. 4 seed in the Class B sectionals. They were scheduled to host No. 13 Byram Hills in the Class A opening round on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

“Going into sectionals our team is all about execution and correcting past mistakes,” DeVito said. “Knowing each practice could be our last keeps us ready and motivated to put all our effort into every drill. Our goal is to continue working as a team and take each game one at a time.”

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