Yorktown Boys Lax Edges Niskayuna in Regional Final

Yorktown celebrates with the regional plaque after defeating Niskayuna, 12-11. Credits: Bob Castner

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad edged Section 2's Niskayuna 12-11 on June 3 in the Class B regional championship game at Mohonasen High School, giving the Huskers their fourth-straight berth to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four.

“It's huge for us to be going back to the final four because we're one step closer to our ultimate goal,” Yorktown senior captain Jose Boyer said. “We're guaranteed another game as a group and that's all we can ask for.”

The Huskers trailed 6-5 at halftime but came out strong in the third quarter to take a 10-7 lead into the final stanza.

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Kyle Casey (5G, 3A), Jamison Embury (3G), Hunter Embury (2G, 1A), Shane Dahlke (1G), Brett Makar (1G), Anthony Altimari (15 of 25 faceoffs won) and Louis Ragusa (8 saves) all earned their way into the box score.

“Our ability to play through adversity was huge for us,” Boyer said. “They had their runs but we were able to come back with runs of our own each time.”

Yorktown rolled to a 19-4 win against Section 9 champion Minisink Valley on May 31 at Faller Field at Middletown High School in a regional semifinal, leading 6-1 at the end of the first quarter.

“We were able to get off to a hot start because of the dominance at the faceoff X by Anthony Altimari,” Yorktown senior captain Justin Cavallo said. “He was able to get us the ball and we were able to do our job and score.”

The Huskers entered the regional semifinal on a high, as Boyer and Casey, a senior captain, and junior captain Brett Makar, were named All-American. For Boyer, it was the second consecutive year he was named.

Jamison Embury (3G, 4A), Hunter Embury (4G, 1A), Cavallo (4G, 1A), Dahlke (1G, 3A), Makar (2G), Casey (1G, 1A), Max Costello (1G), Keegan Doller (1G), Steven Veteri (1G), Boyer (1A), Dom Cioffi (1A), Altimari (1G, 16 of 27 faceoffs won) and Ragusa (6 saves) led a well-balanced Husker attack.

“We are at our best when we play like a team and when we can get everyone involved it's awesome,” Cavallo said.

That well-balanced offense was complimented by a great defensive effort.

“Our defense is awesome starting with Jose and Brett,” Cavallo said. “They really hold it down and they are doing a great job.”

Yorktown (16-4) is scheduled to play in the state semifinals against Garden City at the University at Albany on Wednesday, June 7.

If the Huskers are victorious, they will play at 12:30 p.m. in the Class B state championship game on Saturday, June 10, at St. John Fischer College in Rochester, with Yorktown looking for its eighth state title.

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