Victor Shuts Down Yorktown in State Final

Kyle Casey runs the offense in the finals. Credits: Bob Castner

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad was looking for its second state title in four years and eighth in its legendary history when it took on Section 5 champion Victor on June 10 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, an eastern suburb of Rochester, in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B championship game.

Victor was seeking its third state title in a row, winning in Class A last season after taking the Class B crown in 2015.

The Blue Devils, essentially playing at home as they just had to travel 11 miles compared to Yorktown’s 307-mile journey, took advantage of that home cooking early, outscoring the Huskers 7-1 in the opening half on their way to winning their third consecutive state title by a score of 9-3.

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Yorktown actually scored the first goal of the contest when senior captain Kyle Casey fed Jamison Embury to put the Huskers up 1-0 with 8:11 to go in the first quarter.

“We just found a hole in their defense and scoring first gave us some motivation scoring first,” Casey said.

The Huskers ran into trouble after that as Victor closed out the opening quarter by scoring three times in the final 5:40 to go up 3-1 as the game headed into the second quarter.

Victor didn’t show any signs of slowing down in that quarter, scoring four times, including one with just a minute remaining before halftime, to go up 7-1 at the half.

The Huskers did show life in the beginning of the second half, when Casey found Justin Comerford with 5:42 left in the third quarter before a goal by Hunter Embury in traffic with 1:45 remaining in the quarter cut Victor’s lead to 7-3.

Unfortunately for Casey and his teammates, whatever momentum Yorktown had with its mini-run was halted when the Blue Devils scored with just 4.4 seconds left in the third, going up 8-3, essentially ending what was another outstanding Husker campaign.

“Overall I had a blast this season, even though it wasn’t the outcome we wanted,” Casey said.
Husker goalie Louis Ragusa did his best to keep the Blue Devils out of the cage, by making 11 saves.

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