Yorktown Boys Aim for Eighth State Title

Yorktown senior Jose Boyer is a returning All-American midfielder/defenseman.

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys lacrosse team is coming off another stellar campaign, in which it won the Section 1 Class B sectional title, its sixth straight and 39th sectional crown in its illustrious history

The Huskers, which finished 16-7 a year ago against one of the top schedules in the nation, made it to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association title game, losing to Jamesville-DeWitt 9-6 at Middletown High School.

With the talent the Huskers, who open the season at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, at rival Somers, are returning, getting back to the state title game again and potentially winning their second state title in four years and eighth overall is on the radar.

Sign Up for E-News

“We just need to remember that bitter feeling we had last year up at Middletown,” Yorktown senior All-American long-stick midfielder/defenseman Jose Boyer said. “But we must take it one game at a time and not overlook a single opponent. Right now our mind is set on Somers.”

If they get to the state title game, this time at St. John Fischer College at upstate Pittsford on June 10, it will be without their longtime coach, Dave Marr, who is serving a year’s suspension because of his behavior in the contest against Jamesville-Dewitt.

Fortunately, the Huskers have a veteran staff to lean on, led by head coach Sean Carney and assistants Rob Doerr, Dave Graham, Joe Colarusso and Mitch Lieberman.

Leading the Huskers on the field are the captains, seniors Boyer (University of Notre Dame), Kyle Casey (University of Albany), Dom Cioffi and Justin Cavallo (University of Albany) and junior Brett Makar (University of Maryland).

“I think we’re a bunch of guys that just want to win,” Boyer said. “At the end of the day it’s the final opportunity for us seniors to make an impact on the Yorktown lacrosse program and we want to make it memorable.”

Cavallo, seniors Steven Veteri (University of Tampa) and Tyler Cunnington, junior Jamison Embury (Marist College) and sophomore Shane Dahlke, are players Yorktown is counting on at attack.

“Justin brings all the intangibles you need in a big-time attackman. He can shoot, he can pass, we’ll look to him as a senior leader to make plays,” Boyer said. “Steven will provide us with great interior scoring but he’s also added an outside game this year that will make him a very tough matchup. Tyler is one of the hardest working players we have and he’ll put the ball in the back of the net for us. Jamison will be the quarterback of the offense. Jamison has a sixth sense when he’s on the field. Shane is a shifty attackman that’ll bring a very creative style of lacrosse to our offense.”

Casey, Cioffi, junior Hunter Embury (Marist College), sophomore Keegan Doller (University of Richmond), junior Justin Comerford, senior Max Costello, junior Richie Giannasca and senior Anthony Altimari (University of Delaware) are all guys Yorktown is looking to get contributions from at midfield.

“Kyle and Dom were huge for us last year and this year we expect nothing less,” Boyer said. “As captains and senior leaders, we expect these guys to make an even greater impact this year. We’re also expecting a big year from Hunter, who is one of our do-it-all middies. Keegan and Justin are returning from last year and will see an extended role in our offense. Max is a tough downhill dodger and we’ll be expecting big things from him, along with Richie Giannasca. Anthony Altimari is someone we’ll be counting on at the faceoff X.”

Makar, junior Brandon Meyreles (St. Joseph’s University), sophomore Chris Perrino (Cornell University) and junior Connor Koelsch are going to be key players for Yorktown down low this year.

“Brett and Brandon are some of the most physically gifted athletes on the field,” Boyer said. “In addition, Connor and Chris will contribute to anchor the defensive unit.”

Yorktown’s defensive midfield will comprise seniors Anthony Molea and Ciaran Colgan and junior Christian Torres and sophomore Brendan Williams.

“All these guys are great athletes and will bring the hard-nosed blue-collar mindset game in and game out,” Boyer said.

Senior Giovanni Santini, junior Louis Ragusa and sophomore Dan O’Meara are Yorktown’s goalies, filling the big shoes of graduated All-American Liam Donnelly, now playing at Rutgers University.

“All three guys are phenomenal both in and out of the cage,” Boyer said. “We’re very fortunate to have three very solid goalies.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


The Hatch Act and Immigration Updates

This is for information purposes only. So, when you see headlines like the recent “Kellyanne Conway cited for two violations of the Hatch Act,” you will have a working knowledge of what it means. First off, what is the Hatch Act? This has nothing to do with Orrin Hatch, senator from Utah. Simply put, it states one cannot advocate for or against candidates while serving in an official ...

Are We All Connected?

A question that has long plagued me is whether we, as a species, have evolved in our consciousness of our interconnectedness to one another.

Influential philosophers, writers, economists and politicians have debated whether that should be our focus in the first place. Writers such as Ayn Rand (“The Fountainhead”) and her followers have suggested that our center of attention should ...

To Harrison, L'Chaim!

At long last, the smile of spring approaches, as an angry winter recedes into good riddance. Our spirit is ready to be re-charged. Damn the power outages, full speed ahead!

For my wife, Elyse, daughter, Elissa, and me, this otherwise exuberant time of year brings a confusion of mixed emotions. In 2003, on the opening day of spring, March 20, which happens to be my birthday, our 15-year-old son ...

Whose Hypocrisy?

March 7, 2018

Councilman Ed Lachterman has an unbridled First Amendment right to critique actions of the new Town Board majority and administration (Feb. 22, “An ‘air of hypocrisy’ at town hall”). But in the court of public opinion, his comments will fare poorly before those who respect objective truth.

The councilman’s political self-interest in the manufacture of non-issues ...

When It's Not OK to Ask If Everything's OK

There is this thing that I do that annoys the heck out of my family. Well, to be honest, there are a lot of things I do that annoy the heck out of my family, but I am thinking of one thing in particular.

Whenever someone is in the bathroom for what I determine to be an abnormally long period of time, I stand outside the bathroom door and yell,


I ...

Reading Across America With Dr. Seuss

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’m a school librarian and I wanted to remind your readers that March 2 was “Read Across America Day.”  Teachers, librarians and others who read with children encourage schools, libraries and parents to celebrate this day with their children. This special date was chosen because it is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the adored children’s author. That ...

Hold Con Edison Accountable

March 14, 2018

To the editor,

I am writing to suggest that my fellow residents assist in holding Con Edison responsible for its disastrous handling of these storms and, further, to support steps that would ensure these now common shortcomings are not repeated.

Like too many here, I, my wife and three children ages 5, 3, and 8 months have been without power for more than a week. That we could live within ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, March 17, 10:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall , Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Indoor Farmers Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Sat, March 17, 12:00 PM

Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Yoga for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Sat, March 17, 7:30 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights

Concert March 17: Songs of the Heart and the ...

Arts & Entertainment

Seton Holds First Social Fundraiser

March 14, 2018

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton school, 1375 East Main St., Shrub Oak will be hosting it's first ever Social Fundraiser on Friday, May 4th, 2018 in the Seton school gym.  Seton extends it's invitation to all to join in a night of food, fun, and dozens of raffles and silent auctions.  Entry tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets purchased by April 6th will be $35 per person; ...