GUILDERLAND, N.Y.— Highlighted by senior captain Rilea Fusco’s 100th career goal, Yorktown’s girls lacrosse squad won upstate against Guilderland 18-9 on April 8.
“It’s something that I’m proud of for sure but I’m more proud of the way our team played today,” said Fusco, who found out about her milestone after the game. “We played well all over the field and had many different scorers. We also played on the same field that we played on in the regional finals last year against (Niskayuna), which was awesome.”
Fusco (5G, 7A), Michelle Seger (8G), Caroline Keenaghan (1G, 5A), McKenna Duff (1G), Caroline Garti (1G), Ellen O’Callaghan (1G), Kelsey McDonnell (1G) and Lexi DelBene (8 saves) all took part in the victory.
Yorktown enjoyed a unique experience on April 3 when it beat visiting Walton 15-9.
Walton, the defending Georgia 6A state champions, also played Rye and Bronxville on its trip to Westchester County before finishing up with the Huskers, last year’s New York Class B state finalist.
“It’s a really great experience for all of the girls on both teams to be able to play different types of players,” Seger said. “Exposing our team to a new type of play will improve our game.”
The Huskers (3-1) were able to come away with the victory in this rare matchup between powerhouses from the North and South because of their ability to keep their eyes on the prize from the first second of the game until the last, according to Seger, a senior captain.
“From the moment we stepped on the field we maintained focus and intensity,” Seger said. “We all knew that this team did not come all the way from Georgia to lose and was going to come out very strong.”
Fusco (7G, 4A) led the Huskers against Walton.
“Rilea is a great player and she had a lot of patience on the offensive end,” Seger said. “She is such a hard worker and it really shows in her play.”
Seger (4G, 1A), Keenaghan (1G, 4A), Garti (1G, 1A), O’Callaghan (1G), Ciara Frawley (1G), Emily Hirsch (1A), DelBene (1 save) and Olivia DeCicco (4 saves) also contributed to the Husker victory.
“Being given the chance to play a team from Georgia was really cool, especially since two of the girls are going to Ohio State with Carli (Mager),” Fusco said. “We knew that we would be eating dinner with the team after our game so we definitely wanted to get the win first and eat with a smile on our face. Knowing they were state champions last year, we went into the game with intensity and executed our plays well. It was nice getting to know the girls and hearing about the different things they do in Georgia.”
Lakeland/Panas (3-1) won a big road game at Tappan Zee, 14-13, on April 4 and a huge reason for the Rebels’ win was their ability to come up with the ball on draws, according to sophomore Emily Kness.
“It felt great to be able to win a competitive game, especially with our young team,” Kness said. “It’s important because coming up with these wins early in the season will help to build our confidence for the rest of the season.”
Carlyn Mucci (4G, 3A), Kelsey McCrudden (4A, 1A), Kness (2G, 3A), Jenna McCrudden (2G), Raquel Nieves (2G), Megan Mucci (2A) and Kiera Scott (14 saves) each helped the Rebels’ offense get the job done in Rockland County.
“Offensively, we connected on our passes and kept composed to make sure we valued the ball,” Kness said.