SOMERS, N.Y.— Led by five goals and one assist from senior captain Kyle Casey, Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad broke open a 4-4 halftime tie with 10 second-half goals in a 14-8 triumph at rival Somers on March 27.
“I have to attribute that to my coaches and teammates,” Casey said. “At halftime we all needed a wakeup call. We knew we could play a lot better than we were and in the second half I was able to finish a good amount of my shots off passes from my teammates.”
Casey scored back-to-back goals to give Yorktown a 6-5 lead late in the third quarter. A shot then bounced off the pipe directly to Dom Cioffi and he finished with five seconds left to send the Huskers into the fourth with a 7-5 advantage.
Somers cut the deficit to 9-7 midway through the fourth quarter but Yorktown closed the game on a 5-1 run. After a big Husker hit, Jamison Embury scooped and scored. Justin Cavallo added another goal on a feed from Embury and the Huskers were up 11-7 with 3:31 to go.
Also coming up big for Yorktown was junior goalie Louis Ragusa, who garnered nine of his 15 saves in the second half and sophomore midfielder Brendan Williams, who won six second half faceoffs.
“Their play was important because whenever Somers had the ball it would hold for long possessions and Louis was able to come away with huge saves throughout those possessions,” Casey said. “Also Brendan was able to limit some of those possessions by coming up big on faceoffs and getting us possessions.”
Jamison Embury (3G, 2A), Cavallo (2G, 1A), Hunter Embury (2G), Cioffi (1G) and Keegan Doller (1G) also contributed offensively for the Huskers.
“It felt great to start off the season with a win against one of our rivals,” Casey said. “Throughout the whole offseason, we have been working hard day in and day out and have gained a lot of chemistry with each other. That is what made us able to come away with a win.”
Yorktown (1-1) traveled to Darien on April 1 and fell to the Blue Wave 15-4 with Reese Andrews (1G), Shane Dahlke (1G), Richard Giannasca (1G), Steven Veteri (1G), Casey (2A), Brett Makar (1A), Ragusa (6 saves) and Daniel O’Meara (1 save) producing for the Huskers.
Lakeland/Panas won its season opener as well, coming away with a resounding 16-3 victory at Suffern on March 29.
“It’s great to start the season off with a win,” junior attackman Joe Janavey said. “We came out with a lot of intensity and we executed on both sides of the field.”
Janavey did his part in helping secure the win for the Rebels by tallying a game-high six goals.
“I was able to find open spaces in the defense and was able to finish some of the shots I took,” Janavey said.
Sean Makar and Tim Fallo both recorded four goals apiece for Lakeland/Panas, which was more than enough for its goalie Kevin Dyckman.
“There was no one on the field that could cover Sean and he had a great game,” Janavey said, “and Tim was able to get open shots and found the open man on a couple of different plays.”
Griffin Shiland and Drew Thompson each tallied a goal against the Mounties.
The Rebels (2-0) finished the week with a convincing 15-1 victory against visiting Shenendehowa on April 1. The game was a rematch of last year’s Class A state regional semifinal contest which Lakeland/Panas won, 8-7.
This time around there wasn’t nearly the suspense that last year’s contest generated as the Rebels jumped out to an 8-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
Makar (6G, 4A), Janavey (2G, 3A), Fallo (3G), Thompson (2G), Shiland (1G, 1A), Matt Hodges (1G), Steve Magarelli (1A) and Dyckman (10 saves, 1 assist) all contributed to the Lakeland/Panas’ effort.
“Our defense was tight and limited the opposing team’s touches and got the offense the ball,” Makar said. “The offense was able to beat their defenders and find the open man.”