ALBANY, N.Y. — Yorktown boys lacrosse senior captain Dom Cioffi scored, off an assist from Hunter Embury (1G, 1A), with 2:41 to go in the second overtime, giving the Huskers a thrilling 5-4 triumph against Section 8's Garden City in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B semifinals at the University at Albany’s John Fallon Field on Wednesday.
“In the huddle coach (Sean) Carney said he trusted us and wanted us to just play lacrosse,” Cioffi said. “Hunter Embury had a nice dodge and Kyle Casey drew my guy by moving off ball. Hunter had the great look to me and made my job easy by putting the ball right in my stick. They really set up that play.”
The win puts the Section 1 champion Huskers in the Class B state title game for the second-straight year and third time in four seasons.
Yorktown will be looking for its eighth state title and second in four campaigns, when it plays in the state title game against Section 5 champion Victor at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, an eastern suburb of Rochester.
Victor is looking for its third state title in a row, winning in Class A last season after taking home the Class B crown in 2015.
One reason the Huskers are going to Pittsford is because they jumped out to a 4-1 lead, which they held until late in the third quarter.
“We were prepared and focused the whole day,” Cioffi said. “We knew we had a job to do and only were focused on that. I believe the preparation and the focused mindset really helped us get off to that great start.”
The Huskers were able to thwart off the Nassau County power’s comeback attempt in large part to the play of their goalie Louis Ragusa, who made nine clutch saves.
“Louis really did have an exceptional game and bailed us out throughout the game,” Cioffi said. “He works before and after practice taking shots and it pays off in games like this.”
Anthony Altimari (1G, 6 faceoffs won), Steven Veteri (1G), Justin Comerford (1G), Casey (1A) and Jamison Embury (1A) all got in the box score for the Huskers (17-4).