MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Yorktown had been down a long and winding road in its quest for its first sectional title since 2011, when one of its assistant coaches, Sarah Scott, played for the Huskers.
The Huskers competed in the Section 1 Class B title game the last three years, losing heartbreakers to Somers the previous two seasons after falling to John Jay-Cross River in 2013.
For a third-straight campaign, second-seeded Yorktown (14-5) once again faced No. 1 Somers (18-1) for the title on May 26, this time at Mahopac High School.
The Huskers would not be denied as Katie Comerford scored her fifth goal of the game, assisted by Rilea Fusco (6A) with just 14 seconds left in the contest, giving Yorktown a 10-9 victory and its 10th sectional crown in program history.
“Obviously it feels great, because they are a great team,” Comerford said of Somers. “We knew we had to come out here with super high intensity because of the past few years. We just wanted it so bad.”
Comerford got the game-winning score as she came charging hard right in front of the goal, took a perfectly placed pass from Fusco and found the back of the net.
“We actually practice a bunch of plays if the games were to be tied, so it was a bunch of cuts and feeds and it just clicked,” said Comerford, who swatted the ball out of Livy Rosenzweig’s stick with a minute left to set up the decisive goal.
Fusco, who’s a playmaking machine, had all the confidence in the world that Comerford would come through and score one of the biggest goals in Yorktown history.
“We need to get a wide-open look to make sure everything is perfect and that we are positive that we’ll make that shot,” Fusco said of the game plan. “Katie is always available to finish on that shot, so when she was wide open I knew that she would be able to get that goal.”
A goal that meant all the Huskers’ efforts paid off.
“Winning means hard work and dedication,” Fusco said. “We worked so hard. I am so happy right now I can’t describe it.”
As important as the victory was for the current Huskers, Yorktown coach Ellen Mager stressed the win was equally as important for those Huskers in the past, including two-time All-American Emily Concialdi, who was in attendance after finishing her freshman campaign playing at the University of Southern California.
“It means everything for these seniors not to leave here without a championship,” Mager said. “This is one of the most athletic classes and skilled group of lacrosse players we’ve had in Yorktown and this championship is also for the kids last year. We had some bad luck and some injuries and those kids didn’t get their championship so this is for all those kids these last couple of years who worked just as hard as these kids and came up short. These seniors were not going to be denied, in particular, Katie. She scored the game winner and she made the check after we turned it over to get it back for us.”
Another of those seniors was Casey Duff (1G, 2A) who has been on the varsity since her freshman season.
“It feels great and it means everything because we’ve lost it three times,” Duff said. “We came out here today and just gave it everything we had because for the seniors it’s our last shot.”
Julia Cook (2G), Michelle Seger (1G, 1A), Ellen O’Callaghan (1G) and Catherine Calidonna (5 saves) also got into the box score for Yorktown.
Yorktown faced Section 9’s Minisink Valley on June 1 in the Class B regional semifinals on June 1 at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.