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.
“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.”