YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Murphy’s Law of “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” applied to the first half of Somers’ boys lacrosse contest at Yorktown in the Class B semifinals.
A glance at the scoreboard saw the fifth-seeded Tuskers in a nine-goal hole which they couldn’t climb out of in a 14-6 loss to the top-seeded and eventual champion Huskers on May 23.
“Yorktown is a phenomenal team,” said senior defenseman Jake Cordes, a captain. “I have played Yorktown a total of five times in my career and I can say without a doubt that was the best [Yorktown team] I’ve played yet. I think we definitely could have played better though. We didn’t run our systems well offensively. We were caught sleeping several times on defense, and we got killed at the face-offs. There’s not a doubt in my mind that if we played to our potential, we would have made it a very interesting game.”
Vincent Cartelli, who had a team-high three goals, scored with 3:52 left in the first quarter to cut the deficit to 4-2.
The wheels fell off in the second quarter.
Yorktown scored seven unanswered goals in the quarter, capped off by a goal from Justin Comerford with 22 seconds left to give the Huskers an 11-2 lead heading into the break. Jamison Embury scored four consecutive goals in a span of less than four minutes during the run.
The Tuskers showed some signs of life in the third quarter.
Cartelli scored midway through on a deep shot. Jack Kessler followed when he cut in front, received a pass, spun and scored to cut it to 12-4.
Cartelli scored again with 4:26 left in the third quarter. Justin Cavallo answered for Yorktown, but Cordes responded on the other end with his second goal to cut it to 13-6 with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
“All three captains at halftime basically said the same thing—we don’t want this season to end,” Cordes said. “We truly loved each other as a family and going to practice everyday was so much fun. Then we started talking about how no matter what happens, we needed to step up and fight for however long we need to to win.”
Somers was held scoreless in a fourth quarter which saw Yorktown keep possession and stall for the majority of it.
In a season that saw the Tuskers face a stacked schedule as per usual, they finished with a 10-8 record.
“I will remember how much this team pulled together as the season went on,” Cordes said. “It was great watching us all get so much better both individually and as a team. Outside of that, I’m getting to remember all of the family moments: hanging out before and after practice, seeing each other in the hallway, saying things that weird coach out and having our team group chat blowing up constantly talking about whatever. This team was truly the closest I’ve ever been with a team and it breaks my heart to say it’s over.”