SOMERS, N.Y.— The momentum completely swung over an 11-second span.
Somers goaltender Jess Monaco made a save on a low Brewster shot with two seconds left in the first half to send the game into halftime tied at 6-6. Hannah Tiso leaped and secured the opening draw control of the second half, charged down the field and released a rocket into the back of the net just nine seconds into the second half.
“That made everyone go crazy and we all knew we could win this,” Tiso said.
It was all Tuskers after that.
Third-seeded Somers pulled away in the second half for a 15-10 win over sixth-seeded Brewster in the Section 1 Class B girls lacrosse quarterfinals on May 20.
“That’s really what we needed and it was huge,” Somers coach Jaime Pryschlak said of the two-goal swing with Monaco’s save and Tiso’s goal. “The save at the end—it’s only one goal—but sometimes in a sectional game all you need is one goal. We said at halftime, ‘Let’s go out, get the first draw and the first goal.’ We were composed, confident and patient. I think Hannah’s goal really set the tone.”
Teagan Lucchese netted the next goal on a feed from Katie Campbell. Campbell and Livy Rosenzweig then executed a perfect give-and-go with Campbell on the finishing end, resulting in a 9-6 lead and a Brewster timeout less than three minutes into the third quarter.
The surge continued when Rosenzweig pump-faked and pinned the top right corner for one of her five goals. She also had three assists for a Somers team that dominated the draw circle in the second half.
“We knew they were going to come out strong (in the second half), so we knew we needed to get the draws,” Tiso said. “The draw is the most important part of the whole game. We got most of the draws, carried it and we were really smart with the ball.”
Hannah Lustig added another goal on a feed from Lauren Colavito to make it 11-6 with 15:15 to go. Tiso then juked out a defender and released a left-handed blast to make it 12-6.
“We were patient on attack and put in more of a game plan on that end,” Pryschlak said of the halftime adjustments. “We had to take more advantage of our opportunities.”
Tiso, who finished with four goals and netted three of them in the second half, scored again on a feed from Rosenzweig with 12:18 to extend the lead to seven goals at 13-6.
“She was awesome on the circle and that led into her goals,” Rosenzweig said of Tiso. “She played an amazing game and was great when we needed her to be.”
Brewster actually led 6-4 in the second quarter but Tiso and Rosenzweig netted two goals over a 21-second span to send the game into halftime tied at 6-6. After trailing by two goals, the Tuskers went on a 9-0 run to put it away.
“There are 12 seniors on this team and we knew we could not lose this game, especially on our home-field,” Tiso said.
Katie Campbell (2G, 2A), Lucchese (2G, 1A), Lustig (2G), Jen Campbell (1A) and Sophia Fiorino (1A) rounded out a balanced-offensive effort for Somers (11-6).
“When everyone is scoring and getting involved, that’s when we do our best,” Rosenzweig said.
The Tuskers know that they cannot rely on Rosenzweig to carry the offense and they are the most dangerous when everyone is contributing.
“You can stop one girl,” Pryschlak said. “If our six other girls don’t step up, we’re not going to be much of a threat. “[Livy] obviously draws the attention of most of the opponents and we want that. When they start doubling and tripling her, the rest of the team has to step up and put the ball in the back of the net. That’s always been our emphasis. It’s hard to stop a team of six or seven shooters.”
Monaco came through in the clutch with 12 saves in net.
The Tuskers knew they were in for a battle against the Bears after splitting their regular season meetings.
“We beat Brewster the first time and they beat us by seven a couple of weeks ago,” Rosenzweig said. “That was definitely one of the worst games we’ve played. We knew we had to play stronger because they could beat us. I think it was a wake-up call that they beat us. We knew we needed to regroup and come out as hard as we could.”
Brewster handed Somers its only league loss.
“This is a team you can’t sleep on,” Pryschlak said. “We knew coming in, that [a loss] very well could happen again if we don’t come prepared.”
Somers traveled to Tappan Zee for the semifinals on May 23. A win there will pit them against either top-seeded Yorktown or fifth-seeded John Jay-Cross River in the Class B final at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at Yorktown High School. The Huskers defeated the Tuskers 10-9 in last year’s final, ending their two-year reign as section champions.
“We know that we want to get to the section finals,” Tiso said. “We want to win it so badly.”