YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad gave a great effort when it hosted Chaminade, the No. 9 team in the Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour Week 6 rankings, but fell to the Flyers 11-10 on April 22.
“I’m proud of them,” Yorktown coach Sean Carney said. “We’ve been trying to get to them to play at that level. We believe the boys can be very good and today they showed against an opponent as good as you’ll find in the country that they can compete. We’re not satisfied or happy about it. It just shows them that they can but there are just a lot of little things that we left out there. If we played a little bit better here or there who knows what the outcome might have been but I’m proud of the boys for sure.”
The Huskers got off to a good start, taking a 3-2 lead when junior defenseman Brett Makar (1G, 1A) took it the distance, energizing the crowd at Charlie Murphy Field with 2:56 to go in the opening quarter.
“We needed that kind of jump,” Carney said. “When you play a good team like that to give yourself confidence you have to come out, play hard and compete. We got a few goals so the kids started to believe that. We are trying to install in them that confidence—that they are as good as anybody else.”
Chaminade created some breathing room late in the game, going up 11-8 before a goal by Jamison Embury (4G, 1A), assisted by Hunter Embury (1G, 1A), which got the Huskers to within one with two minutes left.
“My brother, he was up top. He saw me before the play, and we are usually talking about looking for each other,” Jamison Embury said. “He beat his man, drew my slide and I was sitting right on the crease looking to make it a one-goal game and he found me and I scored.”
Kyle Casey (1G, 3A), Dom Cioffi (1G), Shane Dahlke (1G), Justin Cavallo (1G), Justin Comerford (1A) and Louis Raguso (8 saves) all contributed to Yorktown’s box score.
“It was a huge game,” Jamison Embury said. “Chaminade is a great team. We play them every year. They are one of the top teams in the country. We left it all on the field and hustling, fighting for groundballs. We’re disappointed about the loss but we played well against a tough team.”
Yorktown (5-3) played at Mahopac on April 18, defeating the Indians 12-6.
“We were able to come up with a win against Mahopac because we have been working very hard in practice and were coming off very big wins against Jamesville-Dewitt and John Jay (Cross River),” Hunter Embury said. “Our coaches always tell us to work hard in practice so that it can translate over into games, and that is exactly what we did. We moved the ball very well on offense and our defense played great.”
The win was extra sweet because it came against a rival.
“It always feels good to win, especially when it is against a team like Mahopac,” Embury said. “One of our team goals every year is to win every in-section game, so it was definitely a great feeling to come off the field with a W.”
Hunter Embury (4G, 6 for 11 face-offs) and Jamison Embury (3G) led the Huskers against Mahopac.
“Jamison and I have been playing together since forever,” Hunter Embury said. “What enabled us to play well against Mahopac was the driving force of our coaches and our teammates. Our offense did an extremely great job of moving the ball and getting great shots, and our coaches always direct us and give us the best chance to succeed. Anyone on our team on any given day can step up and have a big game. Plus, our defense did an extraordinary job in giving our offense chances to score.”
Dahlke (2G), Cavallo (1G), Cioffi (1G), Reese Andrews (1G), Jose Boyer (1A), Casey (1A), Makar (1A), Christian Torres (1A), Anthony Altimari (3 for 5 faceoffs), Giovanni Santini (2 saves) and Ragusa (1 save) also contributed.