SOMERS, N.Y.— The pieces are in place for Somers’ boys lacrosse team to have a very good season.
As it stands, however, the Tuskers are still a work in progress.
Somers (1-2) experienced some more growing pains on Saturday, April 1, against visiting John Jay-Cross River (1-1), getting outscored 6-0 in the second half en route to a 15-5 setback.
“We came out strong just like we did against Yorktown (in the opener)—wanting to win and wanting to prove that we are one of the best teams in the section and can compete for a section title,” Tusker attackman Graham Roediger said. “Both of those games started to get away from us as the game went on. But we are working every single day and every single guy has a big impact on the outcome. We are working to get better for May.”
Roediger tallied a team-high two goals for the Tuskers, who only trailed 5-4 midway through the second quarter. It wouldn’t remain close for long, as the Indians went on a torrid 4-1 run to close out the half.
Binghamton-bound senior Jackson Rieger led John Jay-Cross River with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. Josh Rubin and Bryce Ford each added two goals and two assists. The Indians also had an edge in possession, winning 14 of 22 faceoffs.
“(John Jay) is very good up and down the field and they have a bunch of talented players,” Somers coach Vin DeGregorio said. “And we lost the time of possession battle. I think that John Jay played great and they capitalized. They are a very good team and we will watch a lot of film and see what we have to improve from here.”
The Tuskers struggled with turnovers down the stretch, allowing the Indians to cash in on easy fast-break opportunities. John Jay outscored Somers 2-0 in the third quarter and 4-0 in the fourth quarter to put the victory on ice.
“It’s just practicing, stick-handling and getting on the wall every day,” Roediger said of minimizing the turnovers. “That’s a big deal. We just need to grow more chemistry and get more confidence as the season goes on. We have a really tough schedule this year. We played Yorktown and John Jay in our first two games and then Section 9 champ Valley Central. Playing these tough teams is preparing us for May and that’s what we are really focused on.”
Jack Kessler added one goal and one assist for the Tuskers, who also have an upcoming game against Connecticut powerhouse Greenwich on April 8. Andrew Lowman and Michael Garrity chipped in with one goal apiece and goalie Tyler Carr stopped 10 shots.
DeGregorio wasn’t overly concerned with the result and remained confident in his squad moving forward.
“These guys are working hard and we will see what we can do to improve our game,” he said. “We are a very talented team but it’s just a matter of putting together all the pieces of the puzzle.”
In a 17-5 win over visiting Valley Central on March 29, Vincent Cartelli led the Tuskers with three goals and two assists. Kessler, Garrity, Connor Gill, Michael Cliff and Conor Jaykus scored two goals apiece. Carr made eight saves in net.