YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Top-seeded Yorktown defeated No. 8 Fox Lane 14-12 in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class B girls lacrosse tournament on May 20, avenging a regular-season overtime loss to the Foxes.
The host Huskers went up 9-5 at halftime, on a goal by senior captain Michelle Seger (5G), assisted by fellow senior captain Rilea Fusco (2G, 2A), with just 10 seconds left before the half.
“Rilea and I really have good chemistry so whenever we are able to have a chance to play with each other we try to do it,” Seger said. “Honestly, it was just all momentum. That goal was for our momentum. It really helped us in the long run with this entire game.”
Fox Lane then scored the first three goals of the second half before Seger put the Huskers up 10-8.
“They definitely had the momentum there and with that goal, it was definitely a switch,” Seger said. “We got up by two and we all knew that this couldn’t be our last game so we worked as hard as we could to make sure that it wasn’t.”
Fusco came up with a clutch goal of her own to give Yorktown a 13-9 lead.
“The girl was playing me out a little bit wide. I knew I had the space to go so I just dipped under and did what I thought I could do for this team and just went for it,” Fusco said. “We were really pumped for this game.”
They were especially pumped playing for injured teammates Carli Mager and Caroline Garti.
“This was absolutely an amazing win, especially since we have two girls on our team out today. We know we really need to fight for them and show them that we can get it for them,” Fusco said. “We just want to keep working to get better and keep having another practice effort at our games.”
Kelsey McDonnell (3G), Ellen O’Callaghan (2G), Caroline Keenaghan (1G, 1A), Ciara Frawley (1G) and Lexi DelBene (6 saves) also helped the Huskers.
Yorktown (9-8) fell against visiting New Canaan 14-13 in its final regular-season game on May 15, paced by Fusco (3G, 3A), Seger (5G), O’Callaghan (2G), McDonnell (1G), Keenaghan (1G), Garti (1G) and DelBene (4 saves).
No. 4 Lakeland/Panas (11-6) was nipped by visiting No. 5 John Jay-Cross River 12-11 in its quarterfinal matchup, after the two teams split the regular-season series 1-1, led by Carlyn Mucci (2G, 3A), Kelsey McCrudden (3G, 1A), Emily Kness (3G 1A), Jenna McCrudden (2G) and Kristen Kelly (1G)
“It was a very high intensity game where every possession mattered,” Rebel junior Kelsey McCrudden said. “We had a calm offense even though it was in a high-pressure situation. We have been working on and encouraging those younger players to step up considering they are a very talented group. Being able to trust every player on our team is something important because we are very young. I’m excited for the future years for Lakeland/Panas because we had a sophomore and freshman—Emily and Jenna—score five of our 11 goals.”
Miranda Lopes backed up the Rebel defense with nine saves.
“Miranda Lopes had an amazing game,” Kelsey McCrudden said. “She really stepped up and kept us in the game with great point-blank saves. Miranda also had an amazing save right before halftime to keeps us tied 8-8 going into the second half.”
Kelsey McCrudden admitted that playing a team three times is tough and said that even though the Rebels did not get the outcome they wanted, the team played its best game as a whole.
“We had a couple of crucial turnovers in transition and miscommunications on the defensive side that hurt us in the end,” Kelsey McCrudden said. “Even though we lost, it was a great team effort and I’m excited to see what the future brings.”