Sports

Statement Maker: Tuskers Trounce Tappan Zee

c4dc608ba09cdf8c7658_51620_.JPG
Graham Roediger, top, and Andrew Lowman celebrate a second-quarter goal. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
c4dc608ba09cdf8c7658_51620_.JPG

ORANGEBURG, N.Y.— Somers’ boys lacrosse team was tied with Tappan Zee after one quarter in the Section 1 Class B quarterfinals.

A sleeping giant awoke in the second quarter, however, as the game was over in the blink of an eye.

Somers went on a 12-0 run over the second and third quarters in a 17-4 rout of fourth-seeded Tappan Zee on Saturday, May 20.

Sign Up for E-News

“This team has a ton of potential and when we click I think we’re just as good as anybody,” Somers coach Vin DeGregorio said. “I’m just proud of their effort. Sometimes it’s about chemistry and timing and Mike (Cliff) kept giving us the ball back.”

Vincent Cartelli and Graham Roediger combined for 12 goals. Cartelli, a junior, netted seven goals and had one assist. The senior Roediger had a balanced five goals and three assists.

“We really started to play as a team,” Cartelli said. “With the defense giving us big stops we were able to slow down the pace and keep control of the ball. With Mike (Cliff dominating) at the faceoff X, we were able to keep adding on the goals.”

The ball was moving around flawlessly as the fifth-seeded Tuskers found the open man and finished with authority.

“We usually come out pretty flat in the first quarter, but we started talking to each other and moving the ball a lot faster (in the second quarter),” senior captain Andrew Lowman said. “Once we started running our sets we finally finished and were able to rack up the goals.”

Forty-two seconds into the second quarter Cartelli started the scoring spree when he snuck in and scored. Junior goalie Tyler Carr then sprinted to midfield for the clear and found Cartelli, who did the rest to make it 3-1.

A Cartelli crank for his third-straight goal stretched it to a three-goal lead. Roediger scored from a tough angle with 2:58 until halftime. Then Lowman (2G, 1A) got in on the fun when Roediger found him to make it 6-1.

“We started to take care of the ball more and limited our turnovers,” Roediger said of the second-quarter surge. “We put pressure on their defense on the clearing game and were able to cause some turnovers. We were making the extra pass, being unselfish and looking for the best shot.”

Roediger sprinted in front and Lowman’s pass was on the money with Roediger doing the rest with two seconds left in the first half, sending Somers into the break with a 7-1 lead.

“Some of us have been on the team for two or three years now and we’ve been playing with each other since the youth program,” Roediger said. “We’ve had the chemistry and we know this is our time to win a section title and maybe even more.”

It was more of the same in the third quarter as the Tuskers kept the intensity high.

DiGregorio knew they needed to take advantage of their settled opportunities against a Dutchmen team which can rack up goals in a hurry in transition.

“My hats off to Tappan Zee,” DiGregorio said. “They’re very athletic and very good in transition. We were never really comfortable playing them in an up and down game. We know they’ve been tough and scrappy all year in Rockland County. We try to treat each play like an individual play. That was something we preached: ‘Make the right play at the right time. It doesn’t matter what the score is.’ I think they really treated this game as a 0-0 game the whole game.”

Lowman was set up by Connor Gill 45 seconds into the third. Roediger then scored to make it 9-1. Gill netted his first goal and Roediger followed just seven seconds later and it was 11-1.

“When we go on runs, we go all out,” Lowman said. “We don’t give up. In the halftime speech, coach said, ‘We’re not going to give up. We’re going to keep going and going.”

Cartelli got a feed from Roediger and finished with 9:19 left in the third to make it 12-1. Gill (2G, 3A) then wrapped around the back of the cage and finished after absorbing a big blow.

“After halftime we focused on keeping the foot on the gas and keeping the pressure on,” Cartelli said. “We kept the same intensity throughout the second half and were able to put the game away early.”

Tappan Zee finally broke a scoreless drought midway through the third for its first goal in over 17 minutes of action.

Cartelli added two more goals for good measure. When the dust settled, Somers had a commanding 15-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter. DiGregorio was able to empty his bench midway through the fourth.

Jack Kessler added two assists, while Cliff had one assist and dominated the faceoff X. Carr finished with 12 saves.

Somers faced off with top seed and defending Class B champion Yorktown in the semifinals on May 23. A win there would pit the Tuskers against either John Jay-Cross River or Rye in the section final at Mahopac High School at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26.

“I feel like we’re playing our best lacrosse right now,” DiGregorio said. “We’ve been grinding all season and played a real schedule. I think that schedule rewarded us. I don’t know if we have a loss to a team that was under .750. These guys put themselves in the fire and I think that just made us tougher. That’s all I can ask from them.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Somers

'We'll Have Meals Together'

A few days ago, I watched a rerun of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In this particular episode, brothers Raymond and Robert went head to head over who would take care of their mother, Marie, during her later years (anticipating that father, Frank, would predecease her).

It brought back the decision Jack, Roe and I were faced with years ago regarding our mom. She was in her 80s, lived ...

Weather or Not

Feb. 2 has come and gone and once again, we have foolishly entrusted a large rodent with six weeks worth of weather forecasting. This year they had a whole entourage of guys who wanted to cram into the Groundhog Day action, but there’s one head groundhog aficionado who’s in charge when they open up Punxsutawney Phil’s cage. Both man and beast are dressed to the nines, one in a ...

The Night They Raided Spruce Street

It was the day of the Finch Ball. Jason had been away on business, but was expected home in time for us to attend that evening. 

I had graduated from Finch College two years earlier and was now married and expecting my second child. We lived in a one-bedroom garden apartment in Yonkers. It was a close community where everyone was young, friendly and just starting out. Each town house was ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

A Trip to the 'Liberry'

Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up.

Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to mispronounce?)

OK. Now, raise your hand if ...

I'm Mrs. Heat Miser

To be perfectly honest, I did not need a large rodent with insomnia to convince me that we had six more weeks of winter. It’s been so cold outside lately that when I go out, my nostrils stick together. The dog is so hesitant to go out that he does his business right on the deck, less than five feet from the door, and then gives me a look of contemptuous indignation when he comes back in the ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall , Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Indoor Farmers Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Sun, February 25, 10:30 AM

Yorktown Heights

Kids Hamantash Bake

Religions And Spirituality

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Westchester Collaborative Theater, Ossining

WCT Scene/Monologue Study Open For Enrollment Now

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

The Somers Record Shines a Light on 'Great' Community

February 9, 2018

To the editor,

How amazing to see my sister-in-law, Kim Maguire, on the cover of the Record!

We read our paper religiously! Last week, we saw our daughters' picture as volunteers at the Chili Cookoff! This is such a tight-knit community and having articles like the one done for Kim highlight some of the great people and servicemen and women who make this town so special. The writer who ...

Cuba Goes Country

February 16, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE: “Cuba Goes County” to be held at The Palmer in Cuba, NY.

For more information or to schedule and interview, contact Theater Manager Michele Conklin at (585) 209-5512.

The Palmer Opera House is hosting “Cuba Goes Country” on Sunday March 11th- at 2:00 PM

Come join us for a boot stompin', toe tappin' afternoon of country ...

'Are You Friggin' Kidding Me?'

February 15, 2018

Faye M. DeSanto

Guest Columnist

I never watched the hit TV Show “Mad Men.” My best friend, who rarely watches TV, recommended it to me when it was gaining its first good reviews. I said, “I lived through that time period. I can see no good coming from reminding men about that sexist era.” Little did I know how right I was.

My husband drooled over the short-lived ...